Prohibition of Al Fatihin

22/07/2016

The Minister for Communications and Information has gazetted the newspaper, Al Fatihin, as a prohibited publication under the Undesirable Publications Act.  Al Fatihin is published by Furat Media, an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliated media agency.  

2 ISIS is a terrorist group which poses a serious threat to the security of Singapore. The newspaper, Al Fatihin, is yet another step by ISIS to spread its propaganda abroad, with a clear intention to radicalise and recruit Southeast Asians to join ISIS.  The Singapore Government has zero tolerance for terrorist propaganda and has therefore decided to prohibit Al Fatihin in Singapore.

3 “ISIS’ intention to use the newspaper, Al Fatihin, to spread extremist ideology in the region is deplorable.  The contents of Al Fatihin and the fact that it is published in Bahasa Indonesia, which is used by many in this region, confirm the objectives behind the publication to influence the people in this region and to cause disharmony,” says Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs. “Extremism has no place in Singapore – it cannot and must not take root here.  We take a very strong stance against terrorist propaganda and we will take decisive action as necessary. Hence, I have instructed for the publication to be prohibited in Singapore.” 

4 It will be an offence to distribute the newspaper by any means. It will also be an offence for any person to (a) possess the newspaper or (b) come into possession of the newspaper, but fail to deliver the copy to the Police. Those convicted of an offence could be liable to a fine, imprisonment or both.


MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

22 JULY 2016 

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