The Free Speech Union says expanding reach of hate crime law in Northern Ireland risks “empowering the easily offended and endangering the peace process”

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The Free Speech Union’s new report into the planned hate crime reforms warns: “Increasing the number of ‘stirring up’ offences, and criminalising expressions of ‘sectarian prejudice’, will harm public debate and risk inflaming existing political tensions in NI by creating a censorious atmosphere that empowers the easily offended and facilitates vexatious complaints. That, in turn, may endanger the peace process.”

Adam Kula, Belfast News Letter, 15th July 2022.