UK: New National Police Hub To Crack Down On “Hate Crime Online”
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for hate crime, assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton, said: “We recognise and will uphold the right to free speech even where it causes offence – but this does not extend to inciting hatred or threatening people.”
This is an entirely meaningless statement.
They will uphold the freedom of speech, but pursue and prosecute those who are “inciting hatred.”
“Inciting hatred” according to whom?
For years, Leftists and Islamic supremacists have characterized any and every honest analysis of the motivating ideology of the jihad threat as “inciting hatred,” rather than as an exercise of free speech that causes offense.
They are, indeed, essentially the only ones talking about “hate speech” at all, and so it will be up to them to determine what it is.
This new police hub, therefore, will work to destroy what remains of the freedom of speech in Britain.
While jihadis are operating in Britain more aggressively than ever, the British government is diverting valuable police resources to cracking down on the freedom of speech.
Britain is finished.
“New national police hub to crack down on trolls posting hate crime online,” Sky News, October 8, 2017:
A new national police hub will be set up to crack down on trolls posting hate crime online, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.
Run by specialist officers, the hub will assess if complaints amount to a crime, work to identify perpetrators and, where appropriate, recommend the removal of hateful material to online platforms.
It will also clarify the force responsible for further action in each case.
The move is part of a drive to improve support for victims and increase prosecutions of trolls who abuse others online over their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.
Ms Rudd said: “What is illegal offline is illegal online, and those who commit these cowardly crimes should be met with the full force of the law.
“The national online hate crime hub that we are funding is an important step to ensure more victims have the confidence to come forward and report the vile abuse to which they are being subjected.
She added: “The hub will also improve our understanding of the scale and nature of this despicable form of abuse.
“With the police, we will use this new intelligence to adapt our response so that even more victims are safeguarded and perpetrators punished.”
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for hate crime, assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton, said the hub would “reduce the burden on frontline officers and help bring more offenders to justice”.
He added: “We recognise and will uphold the right to free speech even where it causes offence – but this does not extend to inciting hatred or threatening people.”…
Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer