SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean said freedom of expression does not mean that one has unfettered rights to insult and denigrate another’s religion or race.
Rather, this freedom must be safeguarded through mutual respect of the views and beliefs of others.
Commenting on the film "Innocence of Muslims", Mr Teo said in a statement that it is also wrong and counterproductive to respond to this inflammatory and offensive film with violence.
Mr Teo said he is confident that Singaporeans will react to this film in the same rational and calm manner as they have done previously.
He added that "we should not let events overseas undermine the peaceful and harmonious relationships built up over the years in Singapore".
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