‘Arrest of an EDL leader for ranting against Islam on Facebook should worry anyone interested in freedom’

Patrick Hayes:

Contrary to some claims that Carroll is being singled out in a conspiratorial fashion to bring down the EDL, Carroll is not alone in his treatment by the police. Despite recent guidelines from the director of public prosecutions, instructing that prosecutions for communications that are ‘grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false’ are ‘unlikely to be in the public interest’, the police have decided to pursue a number of such cases. People have been arrested on Facebook for posting comments ranging from expressing support for the 2011 English riots, to unsympathetic rants about British soldiers in Afghanistan
A lot of this gun control talk is just window dressing, so don’t get so frightened so fast.

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