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Singapore cartoonist arrested for racial insensitivity

Racially insensitive cartoon by Leslie Chew(Click to see larger view.)

Singapore cartoonist Leslie Chew was arrested last week after complaints that the cartoon published through Facebook was ?racially insensitive?.

From The Wall Street Journal:

According to Mr. Choo, the artist was questioned by police over a cartoon published on March 27. The cartoon criticized the government?s treatment of the city-state?s ethnic Malay Muslim minority.

Mr. Chew posted bail of 10,000 Singapore dollars (US$8,055) and must report to police again on April 30.

Under the Sedition Act, a first-time offender could face a fine of up to S$5,000 or a prison term of up to three years, or both. Repeat offenders face up to five years in jail.

Community Comments

#1 Donald Rex Jr.
April/30/2013
@ 8:45 pm

I admit to having a little trouble wrapping my head around this one.

#2 Gerry Mooney
May/1/2013
@ 10:06 am

Agreed, but you can get arrested in Singapore for just looking at someone funny.

#3 Donald Rex Jr.
May/1/2013
@ 11:53 am

This incidemt points out how precious our freedom of expression is, and SO worth defending.

I think in this case, the cartoonist put in too many statistics to pass it off as a ‘silly cartoon.’ Too much information.

Didn’t they outlaw chewing gum because people spit it out in public? Maybe that was indoniesia?

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