UK: Reform-Section-5-Campaign: Feel free to insult me !

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The aim of the Reform-Section-5-Campaign, – supported by “Mr. Bean”, see video below), -   is the removal of the word “insulting” from  section 5 of Public Order Act 1986, according to which  it is an offence to:

 “use threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour” or to display “any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting” within the hearing or sight of a person “likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby”.

The public order act, however, has become a licence for the harassment of ordinary citizens:

Section 5 has been used to:

- arrest  a student for calling a police horse “gay”.   UK: Reform Section 5 Campaign: Feel free to insult me !

- a British National Party member who displayed anti-Islamic posters in his window.

- arrest and/or prosecute (for example) religious campaigners against homosexuality.

- Police charged a teenager branding Scientology as a cult..

According to official sources, the Government is “considering all views and will respond “in due course”, and there just may be some hope, as – according to a poll of MPs early in 2012, –  a majority of the 154 respondents agreed that the word insulting should be removed from section 5.


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2 Responses to UK: Reform-Section-5-Campaign: Feel free to insult me !

  1. Hank Pellissier

    I am going to have the new IEET guy post these videos — thanks!

    Hank

    my new site is a lot of work but fun.  I am getting about 500 visits per day but it requires about 5 hours of work. Hope it gets easier.

    Hank

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    • New site ? -- Do not keep us in suspense: Leave a link !

      500 visits a day is a pretty good start, and you will see that figure quadrupled before you know it. Reason: Parce que tu le vaux bien / Because you are worth it !

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