As much as YouTube is a platform for self expression and “Broadcasting Yourself”, some countries have limits on the freedom of speech their citizens are entitled too. One teenage vlogger just found this out for the second time after being arrested for “wounding religious feelings” in his controversial videos criticising Christianity and Islam.
Earlier on this year, Amos Yee, a 17-year-old vlogger from Singapore was arrested for sharing videos to his 38k subscribers that could “generate social unrest”. After pleading guilty to six charges of “posting comments on the Internet critical of the religions”, Amos will soon be serving nearly two months in jail – but he was at one point threatened with three years. You can see one of his most controversial videos below.
After the video above was posted shortly after the Prime Minster of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, died, Amos was actually arrested for the first time for posting explicit images on his blog of the Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher engaged in sexual activities. After being in prison for 55 days, he was even featured in a video interview for CNN back in 2015, where his YouTube channel gained even more popularity. This interview can be seen below.
Now that Amos has been arrested for a second time, Judge Ong Hian Sun has stated that Amos’ actions “could not be accepted”. Whilst he may be in prison for six weeks, it’s unclear whether or not he will be returning to his YouTube channel once he is free. But we can guarantee that if he continues with his religious hate speech, you will definitely hear about him again.