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Singapore scrutinizes popular adultery Web site
新加坡要審查知名外遇網站

People walk along the promenade at Marina Bay in Singapore on Feb. 20.
民眾二月二十日走在新加坡濱海灣的人行步道上。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Singapore said on Oct. 25 last year that it would consider growing public complaints against infidelity Web site AshleyMadison.com when deciding whether to allow the platform to operate.

Scrutiny of the site, which has 22 million members in about 30 countries, forms part of a wider debate over censorship in Singapore. The city state bans Playboy magazine, removes racy scenes from movies and blocks dozens of Web sites, in moves that have added to its image as Asia’s “nanny state.”

AshleyMadison.com, founded in Canada in 2001, began a Japanese service last year in June and a Hong Kong service in September. Its operators have announced plans to launch this year in Singapore, which has a population of 5.4 million.

“I do not welcome such a Web site in Singapore,” Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing wrote on his Facebook page.

“Promoting infidelity undermines trust and commitment between a husband and wife, which are core to marriage,” he said, adding that many Singaporeans shared his view.

AshleyMadison.com’s operators have said the site does not make people cheat but rather provides a platform for those who have already decided to have an affair.

(Reuters)

新加坡去年十月二十五日表示,在決定是否允許AshleyMadison.com平台營運時,會將越來越多反對此一倡導不忠貞網站的民意納入考慮。

對這個在約三十個國家擁有兩千兩百萬成員網站的審查,為星國關於審查的廣泛議論再添素材。這個城邦國家禁止《花花公子》雜誌、移除電影的淫穢畫面和封鎖數十個網站,這些舉措都為它增添亞洲的「保母國家」的印象。

AshleyMadison.com在二00一年於加拿大創立,去年六月開始在日本上線,香港則在去年九月上線。其經營者已經宣佈今年在有五百四十萬人口的新加坡開站。

「我不歡迎這種網站在新加坡」, 社會及家庭發展部長陳振聲在臉書頁面上寫著。

他說:「推動不忠來破壞丈夫與妻子間的信任和承諾,這兩種要件是婚姻的核心。」並補充說許多新加坡人都支持他的觀點。

AshleyMadison.com的經營者已經表示,這個網站不是要讓人們背叛,而是為已經決定要外遇的人提供一個平台。

(路透/翻譯:陳?軒)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. adultery n.

通姦 (tong1 jian1)

例: Adultery is illegal in Taiwan.

(通姦在台灣是違法的。)

2. infidelity n.

不忠貞;外遇 (bu4 zhong1 zhen1; wai4 yu4)

例: Infidelity is not acceptable for me.

(對我來說,外遇是不能接受的。)

3. censorship n.

審查 (shen3 cha2)

例: The decree imposed strict censorship of the media.

(這道法令對媒體實施嚴格審查。)


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