Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean says the government is considering whether cyber bullying needs to be targeted more explicitly. He said his ministry is working with the Law Ministry as well as the Information, Communications and the Arts Ministry to review other criminal legislation enacted before the Internet age to ensure that undesirable acts perpetrated via electronic means can similarly be punishable as criminal offenses.

Giving a written reply to a parliamentary question, Teo said given the viral speed at which offensive material can spread on the Internet, the government is also exploring whether to legislatively provide for a wider range of judicial injunctions to offer victims relief prior to the conclusion of criminal proceedings. In addition to criminal sanctions, a victim of cyber bullying may also obtain a civil injunction from the Court to restrain the perpetrator.

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