The former chief editor mui a Hong Kong-based magazine has been sentenced to five months in prison for publishing a topless photo of a kidnapped actress seven years ago.
Actress Carina Lau in mui November, file photo. The picture of Carina Lau appeared on the cover of East Week on October 30,after she was kidnapped in She was released unharmed, and the reason for the abduction has never been revealed.
Media reports speculated it may have been done topless mobsters anita were angry at her. The defendant, Mong Hon-Ming, 52, earlier received a six-month nudecollegegirls sentence after he pleaded guilty last December.
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But the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong ruled on Tuesday that the original magistrate had been misled and the sentence was too lenient. When East Topless published the photo, the eyes and breasts of the actress were pixilated.
But Lau admitted she was the person in the image, sparking outrage in Hong Kong. Actor Jackie Chan vowed to organize a boycott of East Weekand other Hong Kong actors and entertainers also condemned the magazine. A protest a month later by more than leading Hong Kong celebrities - including Jackie Chan, the late Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui - demanded that the media show greater respect for people's privacy.
Reeling from the pressure, the magazine suspended operations three days after it released the photo and issued apologies in major newspapers. Mong resigned, and the photo was declared obscene by the Hong Kong government.
Anita MarchHong Kong police arrested 11 management officials at East Weekincluding Mong, and launched investigation into the topless photograph.