Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Singaporean Blogger Arrested for Racist Comments

From TODAYonline:
POLICE have arrested a 24-year-old man for posting contents in his blog that could "wound the racial feelings of another", according to their statement.

The man was picked up at about 9.45 pm at his home in Paya Lebar Way. A computer was seized for investigations.

Police had received two reports on Monday complaining of the alleged posts.

Under the amendments made last September to the Penal Code, whoever, with intent to wound the religious or racial feelings of any person, causes any matter to be seen or heard by that person, shall be punished with a jail term of up to three years, or with a fine, or with both.

The Deputy Commander of Central Police Division HQ, Superintendent Lee Ping Yue, said the police "take a serious view of such irresponsible blog postings" and will expend all efforts to track down the offenders.

In 2005, three youths were convicted under the Sedition Act for making inflammatory racist remarks on their blogs.

Two were jailed; the third was put on two years' probation and ordered to do 180 hours of community work.

Related article: Tomorrow.sg - Racist Crap (update: Blogger got arrested)

It's a little too late for any apologies now isn't it?

Anyways, I'm torn apart between opposing any prosecution of bloggers and supporting any legal action against idiots with keyboards. What do you think?

3 comments:

  1. He must be a famous blogger. Else no one would ever notice what he wrote. But I'm curious on what he wrote in the blog. Does polices read blog while duty? He should put disclaimer inside his blog to prevent to protect himself. LOL

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  2. Censorship is a zillion times more deadly and dangerous to intellectual freedom than even the crudest expression of mindless bigotry.

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  3. This is what I believe in.

    He should have the right to write what he wants. And the public should be educated enough to filter out harmful messages.
    That way, he gets to express his thoughts while the public gets to choose what kind of information to reject.

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