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Singapore jails teen blogger Amos Yee for anti-religion posts

Singapore blogger Amos Yee, accompanied by his mother, outside a court in Singapore, 6 July 2015 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Amos Yee was also jailed in 2015 for insulting the late Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew

A teenage blogger has been handed a prison sentence after he was found guilty by a Singapore court of "wounding religious feelings".

Amos Yee, 17, will spend six weeks in jail for deliberately posting videos and comments critical of Christianity and Islam.

Judge Ong Hian Sun told the court that Yee's actions could "generate social unrest".

It is the teenager's second prison sentence in two years.

Yee was jailed for four weeks in 2015 for criticising Christians, and was accused of insulting Lee Kuan Yew after he posted a video online in which he likened the late Singaporean leader to Jesus Christ.

Such actions are considered a serious crime in a country which takes a zero-tolerance approach towards insults of race and religion.

Yee, who was accompanied to court on Thursday by his mother, told reporters that his sentence was "fair", adding that he was "very remorseful".

The teenager's latest trial was closely watched by rights groups, who argue that the case threatens freedom of expression.

Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch said Singapore now needs to review its approach in dealing with cases like Yee's, who is likely to benefit from the publicity.

"Every time the authorities go after him, it just adds to his online audience," said Mr Robertson in an email.

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