Do you believe in the right to criticise?
This campaign aims to assist with the funding of an upcoming case to defend a prosecution of Sections 18 and 19 of the Public Order Act, which relates to race and religious hatred. The crime? It’s not race or religious hatred as you might expect. The crime is actually for criticising Islamic terrorists and Islamic cultural extremism.
In the UK we have a right to freedom of expression and that allows us to criticize, mock, ridicule, insult etc**. That is it seems unless the subject of the criticism is Islamic extremism, then there is a risk that the criticism might incite racial hatred towards the whole of the Islamic community – according to the British Transport Police that is.
The crime itself was posting around 25 humorous stickers at around 10 locations in London and the Home Counties. A crime which resulted in a 5 hour long raid, imprisonment and interview before being bailed conditionally until late January 2017 under the threat of prosecution and likely jail time.
Do you believe in the right to criticise? Do you agree that we have a right to point a finger at things that are bad and say so? If you believe this then please support this cause as if this fails there is a serious chance that a dangerous precedent will be set where UK citizens can no longer have freedom of expression.
**see 29j - Race and Religious Hatred Act