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British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online Comments in One Year
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BurfordTJustice
2018-05-14 10:26:18 UTC
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British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online Comments
in One Year

British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive"
online comments last year.
Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal
that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of
the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause
annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.

The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police
forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide
usable data.

Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to
prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are
being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions
on freedom of speech.

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Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on so-called
trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having increased
by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.

With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police
hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers will
only increase.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the problem
is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted
for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody
is being . attacked or threatened."

The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions has
also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police - who
detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures - appearing
reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described
Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks
about white people on social media after an appearance on public broadcaster
Channel 4.

Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were
"swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history, you
ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror
attacks on Iranian state network Press TV - but the Met refused to say
whether they would bring charges against her.

Literally thousands of people urged the Met Contact Centre on Twitter to
investigate Chan, but the force did not appear to offer any public response,
and individuals who contacted the account privately claim they were told the
force would not accept any reports unless the complainants came to a police
station in person.

Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe Bergdorf
for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of
nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded
BBC - an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' -
were met with official indifference.

The Met seemed to indicate that it was not interested in investigating
Bergdorf in online responses to members of the public, referring them to the
complaints form for broadcast regulator Ofcom instead.
Byker
2018-05-14 16:42:29 UTC
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"BurfordTJustice" wrote in message news:pdbo8a$96l$***@dont-email.me...
>
> Freedom is history in the UK,
> Those who like freedom have already moved away fromthe island.
>
>
> British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online
> Comments in One Year
>
> British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive"
> online comments last year.
>
> Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act
> reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section
> 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to
> intentionally "cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to
> another", in 2016.
>
> The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police
> forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not
> provide usable data.
>
> Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to
> prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are
> being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions
> on freedom of speech.

<snip>

What you post today will haunt you tomorrow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUEOmlPM08A
BurfordTJustice
2018-05-14 20:18:12 UTC
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"BurfordTJustice" <burford/***@uk.MI15> wrote in message
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: Freedom is histroy in the UK,
: Those who like freedom have already moved away fromthe island.
:
:
: British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online
Comments
: in One Year
:
: British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive"
: online comments last year.
: Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act
reveal
: that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of
: the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally
"cause
: annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
:
: The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police
: forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not
provide
: usable data.
:
: Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to
: prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are
: being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions
: on freedom of speech.
:
: advertisement
:
: Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on
so-called
: trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having
increased
: by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.
:
: With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police
: hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers
will
: only increase.
:
: Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the
problem
: is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted
: for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody
: is being . attacked or threatened."
:
: The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions
has
: also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police - who
: detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures - appearing
: reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described
: Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks
: about white people on social media after an appearance on public
broadcaster
: Channel 4.
:
: Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were
: "swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history,
you
: ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror
: attacks on Iranian state network Press TV - but the Met refused to say
: whether they would bring charges against her.
:
: Literally thousands of people urged the Met Contact Centre on Twitter to
: investigate Chan, but the force did not appear to offer any public
response,
: and individuals who contacted the account privately claim they were told
the
: force would not accept any reports unless the complainants came to a
police
: station in person.
:
: Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe
Bergdorf
: for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of
: nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded
: BBC - an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' -
: were met with official indifference.
:
: The Met seemed to indicate that it was not interested in investigating
: Bergdorf in online responses to members of the public, referring them to
the
: complaints form for broadcast regulator Ofcom instead.
:
:
:
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2018-05-15 19:51:55 UTC
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: Freedom is history in the UK,

: Those who like freedom have already moved away fromthe island.
:
:
: British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online
Comments
: in One Year
:
: British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive"
: online comments last year.
: Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act
reveal
: that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of
: the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally
"cause
: annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
:
: The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police
: forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not
provide
: usable data.
:
: Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to
: prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are
: being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions
: on freedom of speech.
:
: advertisement
:
: Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on
so-called
: trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having
increased
: by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.
:
: With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police
: hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers
will
: only increase.
:
: Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the
problem
: is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted
: for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody
: is being . attacked or threatened."
:
: The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions
has
: also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police - who
: detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures - appearing
: reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described
: Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks
: about white people on social media after an appearance on public
broadcaster
: Channel 4.
:
: Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were
: "swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history,
you
: ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror
: attacks on Iranian state network Press TV - but the Met refused to say
: whether they would bring charges against her.
:
: Literally thousands of people urged the Met Contact Centre on Twitter to
: investigate Chan, but the force did not appear to offer any public
response,
: and individuals who contacted the account privately claim they were told
the
: force would not accept any reports unless the complainants came to a
police
: station in person.
:
: Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe
Bergdorf
: for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of
: nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded
: BBC - an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' -
: were met with official indifference.
:
: The Met seemed to indicate that it was not interested in investigating
: Bergdorf in online responses to members of the public, referring them to
the
: complaints form for broadcast regulator Ofcom instead.
:
:
:
BurfordTJustice
2018-05-16 10:30:14 UTC
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"BurfordTJustice" <burford/***@uk.MI15> wrote in message
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: Freedom is histroy in the UK,
: Those who like freedom have already moved away fromthe island.
:
:
: British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online
Comments
: in One Year
:
: British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive"
: online comments last year.
: Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act
reveal
: that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of
: the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally
"cause
: annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
:
: The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police
: forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not
provide
: usable data.
:
: Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to
: prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are
: being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions
: on freedom of speech.
:
: advertisement
:
: Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on
so-called
: trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having
increased
: by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.
:
: With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police
: hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers
will
: only increase.
:
: Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the
problem
: is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted
: for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody
: is being . attacked or threatened."
:
: The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions
has
: also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police - who
: detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures - appearing
: reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described
: Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks
: about white people on social media after an appearance on public
broadcaster
: Channel 4.
:
: Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were
: "swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history,
you
: ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror
: attacks on Iranian state network Press TV - but the Met refused to say
: whether they would bring charges against her.
:
: Literally thousands of people urged the Met Contact Centre on Twitter to
: investigate Chan, but the force did not appear to offer any public
response,
: and individuals who contacted the account privately claim they were told
the
: force would not accept any reports unless the complainants came to a
police
: station in person.
:
: Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe
Bergdorf
: for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of
: nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded
: BBC - an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' -
: were met with official indifference.
:
: The Met seemed to indicate that it was not interested in investigating
: Bergdorf in online responses to members of the public, referring them to
the
: complaints form for broadcast regulator Ofcom instead.
:
:
:
BurfordTJustice
2018-05-22 09:05:43 UTC
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"BurfordTJustice" <burford/***@uk.MI15> wrote in message
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: Freedom is histroy in the UK,
: Those who like freedom have already moved away fromthe island.
:
:
: British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online
Comments
: in One Year
:
: British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive"
: online comments last year.
: Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act
reveal
: that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of
: the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally
"cause
: annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
:
: The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police
: forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not
provide
: usable data.
:
: Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to
: prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are
: being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions
: on freedom of speech.
:
: advertisement
:
: Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on
so-called
: trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having
increased
: by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.
:
: With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police
: hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers
will
: only increase.
:
: Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the
problem
: is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted
: for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody
: is being . attacked or threatened."
:
: The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions
has
: also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police - who
: detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures - appearing
: reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described
: Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks
: about white people on social media after an appearance on public
broadcaster
: Channel 4.
:
: Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were
: "swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history,
you
: ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror
: attacks on Iranian state network Press TV - but the Met refused to say
: whether they would bring charges against her.
:
: Literally thousands of people urged the Met Contact Centre on Twitter to
: investigate Chan, but the force did not appear to offer any public
response,
: and individuals who contacted the account privately claim they were told
the
: force would not accept any reports unless the complainants came to a
police
: station in person.
:
: Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe
Bergdorf
: for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of
: nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded
: BBC - an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' -
: were met with official indifference.
:
: The Met seemed to indicate that it was not interested in investigating
: Bergdorf in online responses to members of the public, referring them to
the
: complaints form for broadcast regulator Ofcom instead.
:
:
:
BurfordTJustice
2018-05-24 17:34:13 UTC
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"BurfordTJustice" <burford/***@uk.MI15> wrote in message
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: Freedom is histroy in the UK,
: Those who like freedom have already moved away fromthe island.
:
:
: British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online
Comments
: in One Year
:
: British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive"
: online comments last year.
: Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act
reveal
: that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of
: the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally
"cause
: annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
:
: The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police
: forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not
provide
: usable data.
:
: Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to
: prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are
: being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions
: on freedom of speech.
:
: advertisement
:
: Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on
so-called
: trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having
increased
: by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.
:
: With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police
: hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers
will
: only increase.
:
: Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the
problem
: is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted
: for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody
: is being . attacked or threatened."
:
: The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions
has
: also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police - who
: detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures - appearing
: reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described
: Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks
: about white people on social media after an appearance on public
broadcaster
: Channel 4.
:
: Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were
: "swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history,
you
: ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror
: attacks on Iranian state network Press TV - but the Met refused to say
: whether they would bring charges against her.
:
: Literally thousands of people urged the Met Contact Centre on Twitter to
: investigate Chan, but the force did not appear to offer any public
response,
: and individuals who contacted the account privately claim they were told
the
: force would not accept any reports unless the complainants came to a
police
: station in person.
:
: Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe
Bergdorf
: for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of
: nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded
: BBC - an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' -
: were met with official indifference.
:
: The Met seemed to indicate that it was not interested in investigating
: Bergdorf in online responses to members of the public, referring them to
the
: complaints form for broadcast regulator Ofcom instead.
:
:
:
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