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Hong Kong singer's victory over Next Media 香港歌手戰勝壹傳媒

Artists gather in support of Gillian Chung in Hong Kong, Aug. 28, 2006.
今年八月二十八日,香港演藝人員齊聚一堂,聲援鍾欣桐。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

A Hong Kong magazine criticized for publishing secretly-shot photographs of a semi-naked pop star has lost its appeal against a court's findings that the article was obscene.

The Obscene Articles Tribunal supported an earlier judgement that the photographs of singer Gillian Chung — one half of the popular duo Twins — published in an August edition of Easy Finder magazine were obscene.

The poor quality pictures, taken while Chung was changing costumes backstage during a concert in Malaysia, showed her bare back and a hint of bra strap.

The article was taken to the tribunal after Hong Kong's media watchdog received a record number of complaints about the pictures.

In last Wednesday's appeal, a panel of one judge and four lay members (ordinary citizens) supported the judgment, describing the article as a planned act of selling sexuality which is corrupting and disgusting.

Chung has said she will sue the magazine, published by Next Media, which also publishes the city's biggest-selling newspaper, the racy tabloid Apple Daily.

The case sparked a furious backlash from celebrities who complained that the city's hungry press had often gone too far. They called for the government to bring in measures to control the behavior of the paparazzi, independent photographers who chase after celebrities to take unauthorized photographs to sell, and their buyers — the tabloids.

People have often complained that Hong Kong's very competitive mass media have dug too deep into people's personal lives while trying to get a story. (AFP)

香港一家雜誌因刊登偷拍的知名歌手半裸照片飽受抨擊,法院判定其報導猥褻而敗訴。

淫褻物品審裁處維持稍早的判決。當時八月號《壹本便利》所刊登的流行二人組Twins中的鍾欣桐(阿嬌)照片被判定為猥褻不雅。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. obscene adj.

猥褻的 (wei3 xie4 de5)

例: It is wrong to use obscene language around children.

(孩童在場時,不應該使用不雅的語言。)

2. tribunal n.

法庭 (fa3 ting2)

例: Al went to an employment tribunal to appeal against his dismissal.

(艾爾到就業法庭為他的解雇案上訴。)

3. racy adj.

色情的 (se4 qing2 de5) ,猥褻的 (wei3 xie4 de5)

例: Late night movies can be quite racy.

(深夜電影可能相當色情。)

4. backlash n.

反彈 (fan3 tan2)

例: The government faced a backlash over its decision to raise income tax.

(政府決議提高所得稅,遭到強烈反彈。)


這些劣質照片是阿嬌在馬來西亞一場演唱會的後台更衣室換裝時所拍的,顯示她背部全裸,胸罩肩帶隱約可見。

香港媒體監督單位破紀錄地大量接獲關於這些照片的投訴,審裁處遂審視這篇報導。

上週三的上訴中,由一位主審官與四位審裁委員(一般民眾)組成的陪審團維持原判,認定那篇報導為蓄意販售令人感到不道德與厭惡的不雅色情之行為。

鍾欣桐表示自己將控告壹傳媒旗下的這本雜誌。壹傳媒旗下還有香港最暢銷的報紙——辛辣八卦報《蘋果日報》。

這個案例引發了不滿香港媒體肆無忌憚的名人群起激憤。他們呼籲政府採取措施來監管狗仔隊、追逐名人拍攝並販售未授權照片的獨立攝影師,與八卦報買家的行為。

民眾時常抱怨香港競爭激烈的媒體為求報導而過度挖掘他人隱私。

(法新社/翻譯:賴美君)

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