Singapore Slashes Publication Bans, But Not For Jehovah's Witnesses

Strait-laced Singapore has slashed the number of publications it bans to 17 from a prior 257, allowing a number of communist and adult topics, but kept a ban on Jehovah's Witnesses publications.

Newly permitted books include "Fanny Hill", a British novel published in 1748 said to be the first erotic novel in English, and "The Long March", a Chinese communist history.
Singapore slashes publication bans, but not for Jehovah's Witnesses
Singapore slashes publication bans, but not for Jehovah's Witnesses
A number of the de-gazetted publicationas were out of print or were permissible under today's content standards, the Media Development Authority said in an emailed statement explaining the changes.

Adult magazines such as Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler remain banned, as are publications by the Jehovah's Witnesses Church produced by its Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society and the International Bible Students Association.

The church's publications sit in the banned list alongside "hardcore pornographic publications" that "depict female models in sexually suggestive poses and their genitals", the government agency said.

Singapore deregistered the Jehovah’s Witnesses and banned its publications in 1972 because the church objects to serving National Service in the military or singing national anthems.

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