5 Aug 2005

Hung at Dawn: Police Ban Sam's Face


I am very concerned about the development of the suppression of an image. Under what law is the image banned?

From The ThinkCentre

Think Centre's Working Group Against Death Penalty is disappointed that Shanmugam's face has been banned from posters and information material at the concert. HUNG AT DAWN concert by local bands to remember Sam, Shanmugam Murugesu, who was executed at 6 am, Friday, 13th May 2005


Iconoclasm in Singapore:
The police have slapped a ban on the use of Shanmugam's face in all publicity and information material pertaining to Friday's concert against the death penalty in Singapore.

The reason given that they were concerned that the organisers would be "glorifying" an "ex-convict" and "executed person".

This marks a new development in Singapore history of censorship--that someone's image is censored because the person looks too nice--too decent a human being.

It is also gravely worrying that because a person has been executed the authorities then believe they have ownership--copyright over his image.

Above the original flyer before the censorship ban came into effect.

HUNG AT DAWN

Local Bands Remember Sam
Shanmugam s/o Murugesu was executed
at 6am, Friday, May the 13th 2005.


CONCERT INFO:
FRIDAY 5th, & THURSDAY 18th August 2005
THE SUBSTATION GUINNESS THEATRE
6pm to 11pm
Entry $7


FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST LINE UP
Harakiri
One Man Nation
The Leaven Trait
Carburetor Dung
Blankshot
Slowjaxx
Ila Mitra
Molotove



THURSDAY 18TH AUGUST LINE UP INCLUDES
Cyril Wong & Ang Song Ming
sixTnine
George Chua
Chong Li Chuan
Yuen Chee Wai
One Man Nation
Zai Kuning


HUNG AT DAWN is organised by an independent group of sound artists and individuals called Songs for Sam. It marks the start of an ongoing series of regional concerts Against the Death Penalty in Southeast Asia. A CD with music Against the Death Penalty is being compiled with input from regional bands.


3 comments:

Beach-yi said...

In life he is persecuted, and even in death.

clyde said...

Death for 1 kilo of marajuana... I can only imagine how many western college kids would not be here today if their countries had adopted the same law. To the best of my knowledge, marajuana has never been proven scientifically to be more addictive OR harmful than tabacco or alcohol. Hell, even people who don't SMOKE are at harm from secondhand smoke. Yet we legalise these 'drugs' for the simple fact of making money... The only difference with cannabis is that the govt will help end your life prematurely for you.

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