Think Centre's Working Group Against Death Penalty is disappointed that Shanmugam's face has been ban 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.
FRIDAY 5th, & THURSDAY 18th August 2005
THE SUBSTATION GUINNESS THEATRE
6pm to 11pm
FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST LINE UP
One Man Nation
The Leaven Trait
THURSDAY 18TH AUGUST LINE UP INCLUDES
Cyril Wong & Ang Song Ming
Chong Li Chuan
Yuen Chee Wai
One Man Nation
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.
Sources and Relevant Links:
Think Centre HUNG AT DAWN: Concert Against Death Penalty
Think Centre 6th May Candlelit Vigil at Furama City Centre Hotel
Think Centre Death Penalty: SAVE THE LIFE OF SHANMUGAM MURUGESU
Today Online Was innocent man hanged due to procedure? 27 September 2003