Singaporean teen blogger sentenced to prison for social media posts

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It was sentenced to six weeks in prison and has been ordered to pay a $1,500 (2,000 Singapore dollars) fine for controversial religious posts that he wrote and shared on social media. “He has, on several occasions, deliberately elected to do harm by using offensive and insulting words and profane gestures to hurt the feelings of Christians and Muslims,” wrote principal district judge Ong Hian Sun in court documents. Previously, in 2015, he was detained for 53 days after he posted a tirade on YouTube praising the death of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, calling him “totalitarian” and comparing him unfavorably to Jesus and Mao Zedong. The Committee to Protect Journalists called for the teen’s release but Yee declared that he would not be acting outside the law in the future.

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