Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (Cap 390)

Hong Kong's obscenity law and its enforcement in recent years, complicated by the rising popularity of online content, have resulted in much controversy and public debate.

Enacted in 1987 before the advent of the Internet, this ordinance aims “to control articles which consist of or contain material that is obscene or indecent (including material that is violent, depraved or repulsive), to establish tribunals to determine whether an article is obscene or indecent, or whether matter publicly displayed is indecent, and to classify articles as obscene or indecent or neither obscene nor indecent, and for matters incidental thereto.”

Hong Kong’s obscenity law and its enforcement in recent years, complicated by the rising popularity of online content, have resulted in much controversy and public debate. The Hong Kong government has conducted two public consultations since 2000, with no legislative changes to date.

The full ordinance, including the table of contents and a PDF of the ordinance, can be found on the Government’s website.

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