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Woke up people, be careful! Freedom of speech includes the right to insult, say judges in landmark decisions


Victory in the War Against the Awakened: The Judges' landmark decision means that freedom of speech includes the right to be offended

  • Two judges ruled that free speech includes offensive language
  • Lord Justice Bean and Mr. Justice Warby are taking the case to the Court of Appeal
  • The decision was successfully made in favor of Kate Scottow last week
  • She had been found guilty under the 2003 Communications Act that year

The judges have insisted that freedom of expression include the “right to be offended” in a landmark decision that could help turn the tide on “lively” intolerance.

Lord Justice Bean and Justice Warby presided over a case before the appeals court, saying, "The freedom to speak harmlessly is not worth having."

They added that "freedom of speech includes the right to insult and actually abuse others". The verdict of two senior members of the judiciary will set a precedent for future cases of freedom of expression.

Lord Justice Bean and Justice Warby presided over a case before the appeals court and said, "The freedom to speak harmlessly is not worth it." Pictured are supporters of Kate Scottow protesting in court earlier this year

The verdict has only now been passed but it came into effect on the successful appeal ruled last week in favor of mother-of-two Kate Scottow of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, after she was found guilty under the 2003 Communications Act earlier this year.

She was arrested in 2018 and taken into custody by her children after calling trans woman Stefanie Hayden a man, a “racist” and a “pig in a wig”. Miss Hayden, 47, reported the online statements to the police.

The verdict is only now known, but came about in the successful appeal that was ruled last week in favor of the mother of two, Mrs. Scottow from Hitchin, Hertfordshire. She was accused of describing Stephanie Hayden (pictured), a transgender woman, as a “pig in a wig” along with a series of abusive and disturbing tweets

The verdict is only now known, but came about in the successful appeal that was ruled last week in favor of the mother of two, Mrs. Scottow from Hitchin, Hertfordshire. She was accused of describing Stephanie Hayden (pictured), a transgender woman, as a “pig in a wig” along with a series of abusive and disturbing tweets

In February of that year, radical feminist Miss Scottow, 40, received a two-year parole and had to pay £ 1,000 in compensation. District Judge Margaret Dodds told her: “Your comments have not contributed to any debate. We teach children to be friendly to one another and not to call each other names in the playground. "

However, when reversing the decision, Justice Warby stated that the relevant parts of the Communications Act "were not intended by Parliament to criminalize expressions the content of which is no worse than annoying or inconvenient".

Miss Scottow told The Daily Telegraph, "It was necessary to anchor one of the most basic rights of every living being in a democratic society – freedom of expression, which is now routinely attacked …" But Miss Hayden said, "This is. .. a kick in the teeth for the entire LGBT community. & # 39;

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