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The end of Britain’s social media prosecutions?

The end of Britain’s social media prosecutions?

Keir Starmer's new guidelines aim to minimise controversial criminal cases against Twitter and Facebook users. But will they work, asks Padraig Reidy

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

Guidelines issued today on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media sites could boost free speech Plus: Read the guidelines here Index Press Release: Social media guidelines recognise there is no right not to be offended

Man arrested for poppy burning Facebook picture

Man arrested for poppy burning Facebook picture

Police in Kent, England have arrested a man after he posted a picture of a burning Remembrance Day poppy on Facebook. According to the Kent Police website, the man is being questioned on suspicion of “malicious communications”.

Do western democracies protect free speech?

Do western democracies protect free speech?

In the age of social media, the European Union needs to defend free expression. But it often falls far short, says Padraig Reidy

Azhar Ahmed given community order for offensive Facebook post

Yorkshire man Azhar Ahmed has been given a community order after being found guilty of “sending a grossly offensive communication”. Ahmed, 19, from West Yorkshire wrote on Facebook that “All soldiers should DIE & go to HELL!”  This morning at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court he was fined £300 and ordered to complete 240 hours

UK: Teenager denies making ‘grossly offensive’ comments on Facebook

The teenager accused of making “grossly offensive” comments about the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan has denied charges against him. Azhar Ahmed, of West Yorkshire, appeared before Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court today. Ahmed is charged under the Communications Act 2003 after allegedly posting a message on Facebook earlier this month