Blogger publishes cartoons mocking Christ. Riots do not ensue in Rome, or anywhere else for that matter.
But the blogger is in Singapore, and his cartoons got him investigated by the cops:
“After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, in consultation with attorney-general’s chamber, we have decided to issue a stern warning to the offender in lieu of prosecution,” police said Thursday.
They said the unidentified blogger “was warned accordingly” earlier this month.
The blogger could have been jailed for up to three years or fined 5,000 Singapore (3,150 US) dollars or both if convicted under the Sedition Act.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) press freedom group had criticized police for investigating the blogger, saying the case showed Singapore had scant regard for media independence.
The Straits Times has reported that the 21-year-old blogger, who described himself as a free-thinking office worker, first posted a cartoon in January depicting Jesus Christ as a zombie biting a boy’s head.
He ignored an online message asking for the cartoon’s removal and went on to post more caricatures of Christ to spite the sender.
I don’t see what cartoons of Christ have to do with Sedition, but I do know authoritarianism when I see it. I also know an imbalanced approach to justice when I see it:
Singapore, a multi-racial island nation, clamps down hard on anyone inciting communal tensions. Two ethnic Chinese men were jailed last year for anti-Muslim blogs.
I don’t think anyone should be investigated, warned or jailed for any of this. But note–the guy who mocked Christ got off with a warning. The guys who mocked Islam got jail time.