“Last year, British police arrested 9 people a day for hate speech online”
- Sep 21 2018
- BY katie
Earlier this month, I was invited to address diplomats and ambassadors from 57 countries the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on various pressing issues.
Here, I testified about the war being waged on free speech across the continent:
In the United Kingdom, “hurty: words have become a policing priority. In London – where more than 100 children have been stabbed to death since the start of the year, our Muslim mayor allocated 1.7 million pounds a specialist online hate squad to police words. Knives are doing more damage.
Our crisis in the U.K. is when you define ANYTHING other than “APPROVED THOUGHT” as racist, xenophobic, or intolerant – good people dare not share an opinion for fear of prosecution. We have become intolerant of opposite opinions or alternative views.
In fact, just last week a police force in the U.K. in South Yorkshire urged people to report insults which make them feel bad even if they are not crimes. Under the slogan “Hate Hurts,” police have called upon members of the public to report incidents that made them feel hurt.
Hurt is an emotion.
In the U.K. in 2018 we are policing emotion.
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