Hate speech law: Concerns about impact on arts and entertainment choices

Swedish black metal band Watain mingling with fans on March 7, 2019, after their performance was cancelled.
Swedish black metal band Watain mingling with fans on March 7, 2019, after their performance was cancelled.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Parliament's discussion on hate speech and offensive content in entertainment on Monday, coming after Swedish black metal band Watain had its licence to perform here revoked at the last minute, has led some to wonder if this would lead to fewer entertainment and arts choices in Singapore.

Others, however, welcome the discussion, saying it makes clearer what is permissible or not in a multi-racial country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2019, with the headline 'Concerns about impact on arts and entertainment choices'. Print Edition | Subscribe