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Young blogger spared custodial sentence

Young blogger spared custodial sentence

Amos Yee Pang Sang, the teenage blogger in Singapore who was arrested for offending Christians, was today found guilty on two counts following a two-day trial last week.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Hay Hung Chun is quoted in this report as saying:

His actions show him to be a misguided young man who sought to gain attention for himself by deliberately posting obscene material to shock, and deliberately posting material he admits he knew would cause ill will among Christians.

His actions are far from being ‘noble’ or imbued with good intentions. It was a calculated course of conduct undertaken for the sake of publicity and without regard to the damaging effects on the community.

The prosecution has called for a probation report, saying the 16-year-old needed counselling and probation, and that:

It is clear that neither a sentence of a fine nor a term of imprisonment would be suitable in the circumstances.

Amos pleaded not guilty to charges of transmitting an image electronically showing obscene figures and attacking Christianity with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of Christians.

The blogger was charged in court on March 31, four days after uploading a video criticising the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who died just over a week before.

A day after he posted the video, he uploaded an image illustrating two people having sex, on which he superimposed the faces Lee Kuan Yew and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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A third charge, stood down for now, relates to the Protection from Harassment Act. It accuses him of making an online video containing offensive remarks about Lee Kuan Yew. The prosecution will assess whether to bring this charge at a later date.

Judge Jasvender Kaur said standards of obscenity will change from time to time, and differ among countries. It was up to the courts to decide based on community standards.

In considering whether the image Yee uploaded was obscene, she took into account its its effect on teenagers who were the likely viewers of Yee’s blog, whether parents would approve of their teenage daughter or son viewing it, and  if teachers would approve of their students viewing it.

She concluded that it would meet with:

The strongest possible disapproval and condemnation.

On the second charge of making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians, she said Yee’s remarks were:

Clearly derogatory and offensive to Christians.

The teenager has been remanded in Changi Prison since April 30, as he did not want to comply with conditions attached to his $30,000 bail that prevent him from posting anything online.

At a bail review hearing last Wednesday, a day before his trial, Yee’s lawyer Mr Dodwell said these conditions amounted to a gag order and infringed on his client’s constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Update: A 49-year-old man who took offence at Amos’s video and slapped him as the teen was on his way to court  has been jailed for three weeks.

7 responses to “Young blogger spared custodial sentence”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Meanwhile in Bangladesh, yet another secular blogger has been hacked to death in the street for supporting freedom of speech and for his aversion to religious fundamentalism.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32701001

  2. L.Long says:

    These people are not stupid! They word the punishment in such a way as to be kind and considerate while hidden in the text is a message of….
    “You secular thinkers get it straight we control people thru their imaginary fiends & BS and we cannot have that undermined. Get too vocal and the laws will allow us to make you suffer.” And the delusional dimwit sheeple think this is very good. I feel sorry for any thinker who lives there and is not rich enough to tell the gov’mint to piss off.

  3. Barry Duke says:

    And from Egypt comes news that several teenagers and their teacher are in deep shit for making a video lampooning Islamic State:
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/05/09/egyptian-youth-face-trial-for-insulting-islam-by-making-fun-isis/

  4. Angela_K says:

    Their imaginary gods obviously don’t exist so the dim-witted god creators and followers enforce the big lie with violence, it is the only way they can continue the con.

    “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” How true.

  5. Stuart H. says:

    The bit about whether parents would want their teenage daughter or son viewing it etc. reminds me a little of the prosecutor in the Lady Chatterley trial who asked jurors if this was the kind of thing you’d want your housemaid reading. Seem to remember John Mortimer used that prosecutor as the model for Soapy Sam Ballard, the Christian lawyer in the Rumpole books.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    @Barry Duke
    Disturbing to see how some ‘ordinary muslims’ in Egypt are clearly equating everyday islam with the barbaric, inhuman IS cult. You can only hope that the Egyptian government and legal system do not share their views or that could be some seriously bad news.