Tag Archives: sedition

AMOS YEE SENTENCE DELAYED PENDING PROBATION REPORT

A crowd of about 30 reporters and supporters of Amos Yee arrived early this afternoon to attend the court trial of Amos Yee. Tickets for members of the public to attend the trial were finished by approximately 1.30PM. About 5 minutes before the trial began, the prosecution team had arrived in the court room. The 32 seater public gallery by this time was full with anxious supporters and interested members of the public.

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LAWYERS ARGUE OVER AMOS YEE’S INTENTIONS IN COURT

The verdict on teenage blogger Amos Yee’s criminal case will be delivered on Tuesday, after prosecutors and defence lawyers today (May 8) argued about the teenager’s primary intention in creating the video, which has landed him in hot water, and whether an image he had uploaded had crossed the threshold for the test of obscenity. Amos, 16, faces two charges for posting an obscene image featuring late former leaders — former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — and a video intended to hurt the religious feelings of Christians.

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LAWYER: BLOGGING IS LIKE DRINKING WATER TO AMOS

Defence lawyers Alfred Dodwell and Ervin Tan had sought a reduction of Amos' S$30,000 bail amount and for him to be allowed to post content online before his trial is completed. The latter condition was too broad and disproportionate, they argued. Amos has been on social media since he was eight and social media engagement is akin to drinking water for the teenager, they said. But DPP Hay argued that Amos had already breached his bail conditions by making two blog postings while he was out on bail. The prosecution was prepared to agree to a lower bail amount and not to have him report to a police station daily if Amos agreed to go for counselling.

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO SINGAPORE IF TRS EDITORS ARE CONVICTED OF SEDITION?

Do we want to set a precedent where anybody complaining about this type of encounter or making generalizations can be arrested, charged, found guilty and potentially jailed for sedition? If the couple are convicted of sedition on all these charges, all our local forums can just shut down already. I see this type of complaint daily online.

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SEDITION CHARGES AGAINST TRS ARE BASELESS AND MUST BE DROPPED

The Government has charged the two people supposedly behind The Real Singapore (TRS) with 7 counts of sedition. It claims that they published seditious articles which promoted ill will and hostility between different races of people in Singapore. But these charges are entirely without foundation and they should be dropped. Even if people have legitimate concerns to raise, they now have to consider whether they can get prosecuted for having the potential to cause ill will or hostility. This is even if they have no intention of doing so, and even if their comments are made in good faith. This is a step backwards for freedom of speech in Singapore.

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EX-TRS EDITOR ALEX TAN: PM LEE MUST DISCHARGE THOSE YOUTHS CHARGED WITH SEDITION

I am writing in to express my disdain for the Sedition Charge made against editors of The Real Singapore and, more importantly, the state of this country you are making into. Please take the time to reflect on the direction you are bringing Singapore into. Singapore is first world on many fronts, but it is disappointingly third world in relation to other hallmarks of a first world society like freedom of expression, democracy and press independence.

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THE REAL SINGAPORE (TRS) EDITORS ARRESTED UNDER DRACONIAN SEDITION ACT

The police have confirmed that two people - a 26-year-old Singaporean Chinese man and a 22-year-old Australian woman - were arrested on Feb 6 under the Sedition Act, contrary to claims by The Real Singapore that "only one editor" had been called in for investigations. The pair were arrested for posting remarks online "that could promote ill-will and hostility among the different races in Singapore", the Police said.

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AMATEUR JOURNALISM IS NO GOOD REASON TO SHUT DOWN TRS FREE SPEECH WEBSITE

All those saying good that trs shut down. pls lah, you expect 100% accurate news? even 154 cook up a story about kim jong un feeding ppl to the dogs and kena owned by intl media over it. get caught also dun wanna admit and sing cock and bull story over it. so if you think trs deserve to be shut down over a false info on their article remember to also ask tnp, today, st, stomp, cna tre, toc not to mention no.1 source of fake news in sg: edmw. this might not be an offcial news source but ppl still read stuff here and believe in it....so must also shut down.

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