Al Fatihin – the official newspaper of ISIS – was gazetted as a prohibited publication by the Singapore government, making it an offence to possess or distribute the paper. Those convicted of an offence could be liable to a fine, imprisonment or both. Al Fatihin is published by Furat Media, an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliated media agency.
In a media statement, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) said: “ISIS is a terrorist group which poses a serious threat to the security of Singapore. The newspaper, Al Fatihin, is yet another step by ISIS to spread its propaganda abroad, with a clear intention to radicalise and recruit Southeast Asians to join ISIS. The Singapore Government has zero tolerance for terrorist propaganda and has therefore decided to prohibit Al Fatihin in Singapore.”
In the statement, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs said: “ISIS’ intention to use the newspaper, Al Fatihin, to spread extremist ideology in the region is deplorable. The contents of Al Fatihin and the fact that it is published in Bahasa Indonesia, which is used by many in this region, confirm the objectives behind the publication to influence the people in this region and to cause disharmony.
“Extremism has no place in Singapore – it cannot and must not take root here. We take a very strong stance against terrorist propaganda and we will take decisive action as necessary. Hence, I have instructed that the publication be prohibited in Singapore,” he said