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Public invited to attend forums on Control of Obscene and
Indecent Articles Ordinance review

Members of the public are welcome to attend two public forums to share their views on the review of the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO).

Details of the forums are as follows:

First forum
Date: May 23 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Second forum:
Date: June 6 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

Both forums will be conducted in Cantonese with English simultaneous interpretation. For details and online registration, please visit the thematic website www.coiao.gov.hk. Seats will be reserved for all registered attendees. Remaining seats will be made available to non-registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Government launched the second-round public consultation on the review of the COIAO on April 16 this year to invite public views on the proposed improvement measures for the existing regulatory regime, particularly on how to reform the institutional set-up of the Obscene Articles Tribunal and the extent to which the maximum penalties under the current regime should be raised. The consultation document is available at the thematic website www.coiao.gov.hk .

Apart from joining the forums, the public can send their comments to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau by mail to 21/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong; by fax to 2511 1458; or by e-mail to info@coiao.gov.hk. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2012.

Monday, May 21, 2012