English PEN Response to Social Media Consultation

Earlier this year, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kier Starmer QC, announced a consultation on on the interim guidelines on prosecutions involving social media.  English PEN has responded to the consultation, expressing concern that the subjective term ‘grossly offensive’ may be used as a trigger for prosecutions.

You can English PEN’s response below.

English PEN response to social media consultation. by English PEN

Other free expression organisations who have responded to the consultation include the Open Rights Group, and Index on Censorship.

Previously, our Head of Campaigns and Communications, Robert Sharp, wrote an article for the New Statesman, ‘Involving the police is no way to teach the trolls a lesson.‘  He also spoke to BBC Hereford & Worcester about the case of Sam Busby, convicted of posting offensive messages on Facebook.

 

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