There is no such thing as “freedom of speech” in the UK


I have heard of three separate cases where freedom of speech didn’t apply at all in the United Kingdom, in the past year alone. The first is Matthew Woods, who joked about April Jones in a “despicable” manner was jailed for 12 weeks, the judge was not lynched as a result. The second is Azhar Ahmed, who wrote “all soldiers should die and go to Hell” on Facebook and was given a £300 fine and 240 hours of “community service”. The third was also about April Jones, whose death will have permitted the State to extort money from teenagers and jail them: Sam Busby, who was given a six-week suspended jail sentence, 200 hours of unpaid work and a curfew.

These sentences were facilitated by the Communications Act of 2003, section 127, which reads:

Improper use of public electronic communications network

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he—

(a)sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or

(b)causes any such message or matter to be so sent.

(2)A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, he—

(a)sends by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that he knows to be false,

(b)causes such a message to be sent; or

(c)persistently makes use of a public electronic communications network.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

(4)Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to anything done in the course of providing a programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42)).

This law effectively suppresses any expression of freedom of speech on the Internet. The law is not on your side if you reside in the United Kingdom and want to state an opinion.

And let’s not talk about censorship…