2 bloggers charged with making racist remarks in Singapore

Two Singaporean bloggers have been charged under the Sedition Act with making racist remarks on web forums, according to Channel NewsAsia report on Monday.

The case is the first of its kind in Singapore.

The two, aged 25 and 27 respectively, were alleged to have posted racist content in their blogs in June, which kindled a heated online discussion.

Their acts are regarded as having a seditious tendency, which "is defined as promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races of the population of Singapore", said the report.

Under the Sedition Act, it is also an offense to utter any seditious words or to print, publish, sell, distribute, reproduce or import any seditious publication.

A fine of up to 5,000 Singapore dollars (about 3,000 US dollars) or a maximum three-year jail or both can be applied to first time offenders, while subsequent offenses are liable to a jail of up to five years with the seditious publications being forfeited and destroyed.

The case will be heard again on September 21, and the two accused are out on bail of 10,000 Singapore dollars (about 6,000 US dollars) each.

Source: Xinhua

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