AMP’s Response to the Removal of Charlie Hebdo Picture from The Economist

19 January 2015

  1. The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) appreciates the decision made by Times Printers to decline printing a picture from The Economist showing the cover of Charlie Hebdo featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, and The Economist’s subsequent removal of the picture from the publication.
  2. The printer’s decision not to print the picture was a responsible one and one that protects the sensitivities of our society.
  3. Satire such as that featured and propagated by Charlie Hebdo, where mockery of other races and religions seems to be the cornerstone of its existence, has no place in a multi-racial and multi-religious country such as Singapore.
  4. As an independent organisation, AMP holds on firmly to the notion of the freedom of speech. However, while we support an environment that enables any individual or organisation to speak freely, we also support an environment that is respectful of one another. Freedom of speech should come with accountability and attacks on any particular individual or group should not hide behind the guise of freedom of speech.
  5. AMP hopes Singapore will continue to nurture an environment that promotes freedom of speech and for Singaporeans to continue to cultivate harmony among our different communities.