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7(b). Media/Publishing Issues: (Print) Sedition Act

Posted on: September 19, 2009

The earlier posting on media publishing issues shows that print publications are in scrutiny of the public eye. It becomes a felony in Singapore if the contentious material, intended to discriminate a certain group, is distributed under the Sedition Act.

The Sedition Act helps to determine how serious the offence of the individuals are. Maintaining racial harmony has alerted the Deputy Prime Minister to readdress the issue during his National Day Speech Rally.

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Example(s)

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icouple1. Christian couple sentenced for possession and distribution of anti-Muslim booklets

A protestant couple, Mr Ong Kien Cheong and Dorothy  Chan Hien Leng were previously on trial under two  Acts, the Sedition Act and Undesirable Publications  Act, for distributing and possessing booklets which  promotes anti-Muslim.

Both husband and wife were sentenced to 8 weeks in  jail in May this year 2009.

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To read the actual articles, please follow these links:

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_331778.html

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_388482.html

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2. The Adventures of Tintin (see also my previous posting – 7(a))

The famous comic series has recently been capturing the attention of the media due to its long history of controversial illustrations by Belgian artist, Hergé. Published in black and white in 1931, redrawn in 1946 and ammended again in 1975 to be reprinted in colour. It depicts values of colonialism in Belgium and has been slammed as being cruel, fascist and violent. In 2007 and 2009, UK’s CRE and  libraries in Brooklyn, New York respectively called for action to remove the comic from their shelves due to its racially offensive content. The artist, Hergé, says the comic was not meant to be malicious but rather was to give a true picture on the colonial state in Belgium at that time.

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Background

– What is the Sedition Act?

◊ All forms of publication that are seditious, bringing hatred and contempt against the Government, influence others to alter the law by unlawful means, raise discontent of others, cause displeasure towards the adminstration of justice and promoting feelings of ill-will within the ethnic groups in Singapore.

<click here> for the a detailed explanation.

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References

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♥ The Straits Times, 2009, The Straits Times Online, viewed 19 September 2009, <http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2Bn=News/Singapore/Sotry/STIStory_331778.html&gt;

♥ The Straits Times, 2009, The Straits Times Online, viewed 19 September 2009, <http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2Bn=News/Singapore/Sotry/STIStory_388482.html&gt;

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