Speaking on the sidelines of the JFDI.Asia Demo Day, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim revealed that the local printer of international magazine The Economist refused to reproduce a page with the latest cover of the Charlie Hebdo magazine depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
He said that the circulation of the offensive cartoons will not be allowed in Singapore and reiterated his belief that “there’s no such thing as freedom of expression without limits” and that Singaporeans have the right to speak freely and also responsibly.
Dr Yaacob also reminded the public that there are longstanding laws against causing offence to the different races and religions in Singapore.
As for the page in Singapore edition of The Economist, it was replaced with a statement informing readers that the printers have declined to print it. This decision is believed to have been made due to Singapore’s multi-racial and religious sensitivities.