Time to stop reporting Amos Yee's antics

While it is the prerogative of a foreign government to grant asylum to citizens of other countries for whatever reason, narcissistic and attention-seeking publicity hounds like Mr Amos Yee should not be given a platform to air his vitriol against Singapore (US appeals board gives asylum nod to Amos Yee, Sept 28; and Amos Yee says he looks forward to making new videos after being granted asylum in US; ST Online, Sept 27).

Let us not forget that he was charged in 2015 with engaging in hate speech against Christians in a YouTube video, and for publishing an obscene image of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Last year, he was charged again with hate speech, having deliberately posted comments on the Internet that were derogatory of Christianity and Islam.

He can hardly claim to be a victim of political persecution.

Continuing to report his capers would only fuel his behaviour and give Americans a warped view of our country.

The curious can always seek him out on the Internet but I believe there is no need for the media to provide him a platform for highlighting his tomfoolery.

Michael Loh Toon Seng (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'Time to stop reporting Amos Yee's antics'. Print Edition | Subscribe