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Free Speech Under Attack: Police Arrest Man For Nelson Mandela Joke

by | 10th, December 2013




IN the UK you can be arrested for a tweet or a Facebook comment. You can be jailed , too. Liam Stacey  (above) was imprisoned for saying that critically ill black footballer Fabrice Muamba should die on the Spurs pitch. But the law is not equal because people who said  Emma West  should be murdered were not arrested. Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, were jailed for four years jail for using Facebook to plan a riot. No-one responded to their online call. Like The Clash, they triggered no riot .

Stacey’s tweets were revolting. The Facebook duo are pillocks. Equally twattish is Leicester City footballer Michael Ball. He was fined £6,000 by the FA for tweeting this about Antony Cotton, a gay actor on Coronation Street: “That f**king queer. Get back to your sewing machine in Corrie, you moaning bastard.”

Azhar Ahmed was arrested for saying that British soldiers should “die and go to hell”. Ahmed was fined £300 at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service over a two-year period. Blogger  Lionheart  and “lyrical terrorist”  Samina Malik   were also pursued by the police for thinking things

You see, they’d caused offence. And that, apparently, is a crime.

Now the Daily Star reports on  Neil Phillips, who “said he was fingerprinted, DNA-swabbed and had his computers seized.  The 44-year-old was held after posting: ‘My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.’ Another read: ‘Free Mandela switch the power off.'”

Prattish stuff. But criminal? Jimmy Carr never did get arrested for the line: “What’s the difference between football and rape? Women don’t like football.” When comic Frankie Boyle said “A bomb went off in Kandahar today, killing two British servicemen, three UN relief workers and a whole bunch of Pakis”, he said it was satirical . Those offensive jokes in public can land you in trouble. But you don’t get

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