June 14, 2006
Blogger who posted cartoons of Christ online being investigated
By Zakir Hussain
A 21-YEAR-OLD accounts assistant is being investigated for allegedly flouting the Sedition Act by publishing pictures on his blog that were thought to depict Jesus Christ in an offensive manner.
The blogger, who used the online moniker Char, had found the cartoons on the Internet and began posting them in January.
He told The Straits Times last week that he was called in by the police for questioning in March, after they received a complaint.
Yesterday, the police confirmed they are investigating the matter but declined to give details as 'investigations are still ongoing'.
News of the investigation was announced online by Char himself last week when he sent an e-mail to a mailing list of more than 300 young Singaporeans. He told them of his experience and how it came about. He removed the cartoons from his blog after he was questioned.
When contacted by The Straits Times, Char asked that he not be identified for he fears he may lose his job, which he wants to keep before entering a local university in August.
Describing himself as a free thinker, he said he had posted a cartoon that depicted Jesus as a zombie biting a boy's head in January.
The following month, he received an online message asking him to remove the image. It came amid the global furore over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by several newspapers.
Char did not reply to the message but chose to irk the person instead. He searched the Internet for more pictures depicting Jesus and published three of them on his blog.
Looking back, he felt he made an 'unwise' move. 'I never thought anyone would complain to the police because the pictures were not insidious,' he said.
Question for the day - what would Jesus say to Char, about this matter? What would Christians say to Char, about this matter? If there is a difference - why?