What is the law on pornography in Singapore?

Last updated on May 5, 2011

Pornographic material includes any forms of media, such as books, films and digital files, showing obscene or sexual behaviour.

It is against the law to keep, distribute or sell pornographic materials, under the Undesirable Publications Act, as well as section 292 of the Penal Code. It is also against the law to keep, distribute or sell pornographic films under sections 29 and 30 of the Films Act.

However, if you accidentally stumble upon a pornographic website, it is not illegal to view the pornographic content contained within, as long as you do not download any such obscene files and store them within your computer.

It would appear that authorities in Singapore do not actively enforce such laws on pornography, possibly due to the difficulty as well as the widespread prevalence. In 2004, NCMP Steve Chia was let off with a warning after being found in possession of an obscene film.

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