Exclusive: People must have the “right to offend” without facing a police investigation

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Bryn Harris, chief legal counsel of the Free Speech Union said the judgment was “a welcome reminder of when the law will step in to protect free speech.” He added: “We view this as a positive sign that the senior judiciary will exercise their jurisdiction forcefully, and control wayward judges in lower courts who can’t seem to remember their ever-present obligation to protect freedom of expression. The judges in this case rightly recalled that the freedom to offend is not constrained by the facile ‘obligation to be kind’ mooted by the magistrate below.”

Camilla Tominey, The Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2020.