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Singapore court sends teen blogger back to jail for criticising religion

Yee was convicted in May last year for comparing Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan-Yew with Jesus Christ and for posting a doctored image of Lee with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a sexual position. Photograph: (Reuters)

Singapore Sep 29, 2016, 05.26 AM (IST)

Singaporean teen blogger and activist Amos Yee will face six weeks in jail for “wounding the feelings” of Christians and Muslims. This is the second jail term for the 17-year-old who was also convicted last year for posting derogatory comments on the internet about the two communities.

Yee, who was sentenced on Thursday, pleaded guilty to six charges of hurting religious sentiments, and two for failing to report for police investigations.

Yee was convicted in May last year for comparing Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan-Yew with Jesus Christ and for posting a doctored image of Lee with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a sexual position.

Yee's case has drawn flak from across the spectrum of human rights groups and sparked a renewed debate on censorship.

"By prosecuting Amos Yee for his comments, no matter how outrageous they may have been, Singapore has unfortunately doubled down on a strategy that clearly violates freedom of expression," Reuters reported Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Right Watch's Asia division, as saying.

Robertson added that as a country that takes pride in being efficient, Singapore needs to “re-examine its approach”. 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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