Words hurt… If those words land you in prison for no good reason. That seems to be happening more often in London. A recent release of information shows there’s been a fat increase in mean-words-related arrests.
Two-and-a-half thousand Londoners have been arrested over the past five years for allegedly sending “offensive” messages via social media, statistics have revealed. The full number of arrests made by Metropolitan Police for alleged breached of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 increased by 37 per cent over the last five years.
A breach of section 127 is a criminal offence carrying a potential six month prison term or a fine of up to £5,000.
This may not come as a surprise, considering how the left has been waging war on free speech of late (see CENSORSHIP: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter Agree to Ban ‘Hate Speech’ in Europe). Still, this kind of intolerance of speech was considered radical not long ago. But in 2016 it’s just another fact of life.
Don’t want to get slapped with fines? Or lose your job? The solution is simple: don’t offend anyone. Ever. Which also means don’t disagree with anyone, or even point out their racism (IRONY ALERT: Australian Sued for ‘Racist’ FB Post… That Complained About ACTUAL Racism). If you think we’re making that up, no. Check this out:
Included in the 857 section 127 arrests made last year were 139 cuffings for sending, or causing to be sent, “a false message to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety” – a 71 per cent increase over the number of arrests made for the same alleged offences in 2011.
“A false message to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety” is reason to be arrested. In other words, if I lived in London, and I sent a joke message to someone saying, “What’re you eating for dinner tonight, fatty?” I could be arrested. Or if I sent a message saying “FYI: If you make me work this Saturday, I will rape your cat,” I could be arrested. Even though both are jokes. Allegedly.
But we’re living in a time where even joking about something is off limits. If the person receiving the “I’ll rape your cat” message was in an anxious state of mind?
We’re not talking about some third world country here. This isn’t Saudi Arabia, where “rights” are nothing more than a crap-filled pipe dream. It’s the United Kingdom. The land of Shakespeare. But now the question is to tweet or not to tweet that joke.
This is why so many people are fighting back against censorship. Because freedom matters more than feelings, even if it upsets you.