Beijing magazine publishes controversial pictures

Alice Yan

A Beijing-based entertainment magazine has published controversial pictures of pop star Gillian Chung Yan-tung amid the furore in Hong Kong over whether they should be banned.

The cover of Banana Weekly's latest edition carried several photographs of the Twins pop star taken by a hidden camera and published in Easy Finder magazine in Hong Kong last week.

One Beijing magazine seller said the edition had been selling fast at his booth.

The China News Service quoted a Banana Weekly editor as saying the publication bought the copyright for the photographs from the Hong Kong magazine and did not think it was inappropriate to use them.

"We wrote the report from A Jiao's [Gillian Chung] standpoint ... There is no need to be surprised that these pictures have been published [in our magazine] - they can be found anywhere on the internet," the unnamed editor told the news service.

But Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper said Easy Finder had not sold the pictures to any other media outlet. Neither the author of the Banana Weekly story nor the publication's editor could be reached for comment yesterday.

The privacy issue has been widely debated on the internet, with some visitors expressing sympathy for Chung. But others were less concerned about the use of a hidden camera, saying it was not a big deal and "every star should give up his or her own privacy".

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