'Controversial cartoon on Prophet Mohammed in book’, this country bans book

Singapore: A book in Singapore has been banned for publishing cartoons and objectionable photos of the Muslim community's Prophet Mohammed. Muslim Affairs Minister Masagos Zulkiphali has said that a book containing political cartoons has been banned, as it is unacceptable to print satirical and derogatory pictures on the Prophet Mohammed in Singapore.

Making a statement in Singapore's parliament on Wednesday, Masagos said, 'Red Lines: The photos published in the book Political Cartoons And The Struggle Against Censorship are objectionable to the Muslim community, even if they are printed in free speech, education, or any other name. In addition to cartoons of the Prophet and Islam, the book also includes pictures insulting other religions.' He said, 'The authors of the book can say that their purpose is not to insult or humiliate anyone through the book, their purpose is to educate, but still the government rejects it.'

According to the report, The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), a Singapore-based government body, said last November that the book, which appeared in August, would not be allowed to be sold or distributed in Singapore. Because this book is placed in the 'objectionable' category under the Undesirable Publication Act for content that insults religions.

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