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Tag Archives: Amos Yee

Legal assistance for online media more critical today

By Ghui With the recent announcements of the electoral boundaries and the impending general elections looming, it is a forgone conclusion that blog activity and online discussions will spike. In tandem with growing public perception that state owned media outlets are the government's mouthpieces, the Internet is fast becoming the forum du jour for political debates and information dissemination. The …

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Voices from Hong Lim Park on Amos Yee

The following were the views expressed by some among the hundreds who attended the protest at Hong Lim Park to call for the release of Amos Yee. The protest was organised by the Community Action Network (CAN), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Singapore concerned about freedom of expression, and civil and political rights. We thank Offbeat Perspectives for sharing this …

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The price of remorse

By Kirsten Han I first met Amos Yee in April, not long after he had first been charged. I was pretty curious: who was this brash boy with the drawl, who had posted the eight-minute rant I couldn’t bear to watch till the end? In my (very) brief interaction with him, he proved to be every bit as cocky and …

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Amos Yee’s sentence: A dark day for freedom of expression

The four-week jail sentence handed down to Singapore teenage blogger Amos Yee violates the right to freedom of expression and should be quashed, Amnesty International said today. The sentence against the 16-year-old boy was backdated to 2 June 2015 so he was able to leave court this afternoon, having already served the jail time. A Singapore court found Amos Yee …

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4 weeks jail for Amos Yee

Amos Yee has been sentenced to four weeks imprisonment, for charges relating to creating a video criticizing Lee Kuan Yew. He will serve one week for posting obscene materials and three weeks for wounding the religious feelings of Christian in his video calling Lee Kuan Yew a "horrible person", and the sentenced is to be served consecutively. The sentence has also been …

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Freedom of expression – a struggle by us, and with us

By Howard Lee The recent lecture and discussion featuring journalism professor Cherian George, blogger Alex Au and film-maker Ken Kwek, “Deliberating the Freedom of Expression in Singapore”, could not have brought together a panel that is more experienced on the subject matter, and clearly their animated take on this nagging issue was well placed. As a strong advocate on the …

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“We are destroying a boy”

  By Jolene Tan Speech for #FreeAmosYee protest at Hong Lim Park, 5 July 2015 Some of you have probably seen that Amos Yee's mother, Mary Toh, recently posted on Facebook making a heartfelt apology to her son. It's really not her who should be apologising to Amos Yee. We – us, our state, our society – we are destroying …

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Amos Yee back in remand for three weeks

Amos Yee, the teenager who was charged for offending Christians for a video he posted online criticising former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, has been remanded for another three weeks today, 2 June, pending a report to assess if he is suitable to serve reformative training. Yee was previously remanded for a total of 18 days for not complying with his bail …

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Law Minister K Shanmugam condemns Amos Yee’s assailant

In a Facebook post, Minister for Law K Shanmugam denounced the actions of the man who had hit Amos Yee, just as the 16 year old was attending court yesterday for his bail review in relation to him posting a video critical of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The unidentified assailant was filmed by media walking up to Yee and striking him on …

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Teenager behind offensive video to face 3 charges today

16-year-old Amos Yee faces 3 charges later today (31 March). He will be charged for wounding religious feelings, circulating obscene material and harassment. The charges come after more than 20 police reports were lodged his 8-minute video and blog where he criticizes Christians and the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The video has since been made private. Yee was arrested …

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