Source: Straits times app
Published on: 6 May
The issue discussed here is that the teenager, Amos Yee who was charged of attacking Christainity and transmitting an obsene image, refuses to accept the bail conditions. Now, he is even charged with making an online video containing offensive remakes about founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Since he refuses to abide by the bail conditions which prevents him from posting of anything online, the judge decided to increase the bail from $20000 to $30000 with the same conditions. Amos Yee's lawyer even said that by taking away his right from social media, it is like taking away his right from drinking water.
The writer did not give any opinion but I feel that Amos Yee's lawyer does make a point about taking away his rights from social media is like taking away his rights to drink water. Nowadays, teenagers will either go online to chat or play with their friends physically as sources of entertainment and ways of relieving stress. If the judge prevents Amos from posting anything online, he is being left out in the world and will feel very lonely. Not only that, this incident of him posting negative things online might have caused him to lose friends and they might also not want to play with him since he had gotten into deep trouble and they don't want to get involved. However, I feel that the cause of this problem is the creation of social media. It is a platform for us to share our opinions, but what's wrong is with Amos Yee sharing his views? This is no problem at all but it's the content that he is sharing is inappropriate and insulting targeting at various groups of people, giving people the wrong message that he may not want to deliver. Probably, he is just trying to convey that he didn't like Chritianity or Mr Lee Kuan Yew, but others interpret it as purposely offensive message. Despite this, I feel that Amos Yee should look at this matter in a different Angle and understand that the Judge is trying to help him so we to prevent him from posting anymore offensive posts and getting himself into trouble.