An important argument well made by Paul Bernal – Respecting Freedom of Speech is Essential and works for Everyone Equally – Politicians have NO Right to abuse this.
A couple of days ago, blogger Michael Abberton got a visit from the police. As reported in the Guardian:
“He was told he had not committed any crimes and no action was taken against him, but he was asked to delete some of his tweets, particularly a tongue-in-cheek one on 10 reasons to vote for Ukip, such as scrapping paid maternity leave and raising income tax for the poorest 88% of Britons.”
This is the poster Michael tweeted:
Michael described his experience in his own blog here. As he put it:
“…they said this was in relation to a complaint that had been made by a certain political party in relation to tweets I had published about them and one tweet in particular which talked about ten reasons to vote for them. The PC wanted to know if I had made that poster.”
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