The media regulatory agency in Hong Kong recently rejected requests to reclassify the Bible as an indecent publication. The Television and Licensing Authority (TELA) received over 2,000 complaints about the Bible after declaring an article published in a student magazine was “indecent.” Many of the complaints claimed the Bible went beyond the content of the divisive student article.
A website launched soon after the ruling on the original article campaigned to have the Bible classified as indecent because of passages containing sexual and violent content. If the Bible has received such as classification, it could only be purchased by people 18 and over, and would have required a sealed wrapper with a warning notice. In their ruling, the TELA said, “The Bible is a religious text which is part of civilization. It has been passed from generation to generation.” The agency concluded saying the Bible, “had not violated standards of morality, decency, and propriety generally accepted by reasonable members of the community.”