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LEGISLATING AGAINST SOFT ATTACKS ON FREE SPEECH – PART III – BOYCOTTS

This is the final part of a 3 part article, titled ‘Soft Attacks on Free Speech’ (see here for part II, which has a link to part I).  In this part I briefly look at boycotts and conclude that whilst they can sometimes be regarded as contemptible, with false justifications being provided for them, there should not be a law against…

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LEGILSATING AGAINST SOFT ATTACKS ON FREE SPEECH – PART II SERVICES

This is part 2 of a 3 part article about ‘Soft Attacks’ on free speech.  By ‘Soft Attacks’, I mean methods of curtailing free speech, other than via the criminal law or civil injunctions.  I am referring specifically to economic pressures that limit freedom of speech and arguments for legislating against this.  These are powerful pressures and thus the description…

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MARK MEECHAN CONVICTED FOR VIDEO OF SALUTING PUG – THE REACH OF ‘HATE SPEECH LAWS’

Mark Meechan has been convicted of a criminal offence by a Scottish Court, following a video he made involving his girlfriend’s pet pug, see here.  The video showed the pug performing Roman salutes to images of an NSDAP rally filmed at the 1936 Olympic Games.  The pug responded to Meechan’s statements such as “Sieg Heil” and “gas the Jews”. Meechan…

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SEX NOT A NECESSARY COMPONENT OF MARRIAGE

According to Mr Justice Munby in a recent judgment, sex is not a necessary component of marriage, see here.  He said that this judgment would surprise members of the public. It also surprised me, a lawyer but not a family practitioner.  I had always thought that a marriage could be annulled due to a lack of consummation, although perhaps this…

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LEGISLATING AGAINST SOFT ATTACKS ON FREE SPEECH: PART I – EMPLOYMENT

Introduction ‘Soft Attacks on Free Speech’ refer to sanctions that individuals can face for expressing controversial views, other than those imposed by the criminal law.  It is possible for a person to be denied employment opportunities, prevented from having a website, a social media account, a bank account or the right to receive payments from platforms such as PayPal, all…

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TWITTER FACES FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT

Twitter Inc is facing a lawsuit for deleting the twitter accounts of Jared Taylor and his political organisation, American Renaissance.  The full lawsuit can be viewed here.  You can also see the video below for a brief explanation of the lawsuit by Mr Taylor. The video refers to a precedent case, whereby a shopping centre was required to respect the First…

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