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Teenage YouTuber sent to jail in Singapore for 'wounding religious feelings'


By Charlotte McEleny, Asia Editor

September 29, 2016 | 2 min read

The Singapore courts have decided to send teenage YouTuber Amos Yee to jail for criticizing Christianity and Islam on his YouTube channel.

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YouTuber Amos Yee sentenced to six weeks in jail in Singapore

According to Reuters, Yee pleaded guilty to six charges of posting comments on the internet critical of the religions. He will serve six weeks in jail but at one stage was facing up to three years of jail time.

It also reported that Judge Ong Hian Sun told the district court that Yee's actions could not be accepted and could "generate social unrest”.

Yee’s videos, which specialise in refuting religion by using its own teachings (via the Bible or the Quran) via his Brain and Butter YouTube channel, has clocked up over 38,000 subscribers and regularly receives over a quarter of a million views per video.

It is the second time the teenager has faced jail time for his social media antics. Last time he faced four weeks of jail time for charges of harassment and insulting a religious group, including comments made about former premier Lee Kuan Yew soon after his death.

Yee gained worldwide attention for the most recent trial, generating significant attention on social media and even appearing on American television shows.

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