《淫褻及不雅物品管制條例》(香港法例第390章)簡介
Brief Introduction to the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (Cap. 390)

《淫褻及不雅物品管制條例》(下稱「《條例》」)就出版或公開展示內容帶有淫褻或不雅成分(包括暴力、腐化或可厭)的物品作出管制。

  • 報紙、雜誌、漫畫、錄影帶、影音光碟、數碼影音光碟、錄音帶及電子傳遞的圖文及影像等,皆受《條例》監管。
  • 《條例》並無規定物品在出版前須預先送檢,但出版人或製作人可自行在出版前把物品送交淫褻物品審裁處(下稱「審裁處」)評定類別。審裁處屬司法機構,成員包括裁判官及來自社會各階層的公眾人士。
  • 審裁處在評定物品類別時,會考慮一般合理的社會人士普遍接受的道德禮教標準、物品或事物整體上產生的顯著效果、發布對象及該物品是否具有真正目的,把物品評定為以下其中一個類別:

    • 第I類(既非淫褻亦非不雅)
      可向任何人士發布

    • 第II類(不雅)
      不得向十八歲以下人士發布;物品要有封套;其封面及封底必須印有不少於其面積百分之二十的法定警告字句;以及封面或封底須載有出版人資料。

    • 第III類(淫褻)
      禁止發布


宣傳單張

The Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO) regulates the publication or display of articles with obscene or indecent content including material which is violent, depraved or repulsive.

  • COIAO covers a wide range of articles including newspapers, magazines, comic books, video tapes, video compact discs, digital video discs, tapes, electronically transmitted pictures and images.
  • There is no statutory requirement for articles to be submitted for classification before publication. However, publishers or producers may take the initiative to submit their articles to the Obscene Articles Tribunal (OAT) for classification before publication. The OAT is a judicial body which consists of a magistrate and members of the public from different walks of life.
  • In classifying articles, the OAT will take into account the standards of morality, decency and propriety that are generally accepted by reasonable members of the community, the dominant effect of an article or of matter as a whole, the target audience and if the article or matter has an honest purpose. Articles can be classified into one of the following categories:

    • Class I (neither obscene nor indecent)
      The article can be published to any person.

    • Class II (indecent)
      The article cannot be published to persons under the age of 18. It should be sealed in a wrapper. At least 20% of the front and back covers should contain the statutory warning notice. Particulars of the publisher should also be printed on the front or back cover of the article.

    • Class III (obscene)
      The article is prohibited from publication.

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