Why Singapore won't take chances in safeguarding social peace: Shanmugam

In his statement to Parliament on Monday, Minister for Law and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam examined the key drivers of hate speech and the guiding principles that shape Singapore's efforts to curtail its impact on social harmony. Edited excerpts of his speech follow.

Hate speech has been defined as all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote, or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, or other forms of hatred based on intolerance.

It can fall into different categories and be on different platforms.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline 'Why S'pore won't take chances in safeguarding social peace: Shanmugam'. Print Edition | Subscribe