Free speech does not exist in UK per se. The public in general are protected by a plethora of laws which restrict what can be said or written.
with so many laws in place to protect so many different groups it appears to me that the U.K has no free speech whatsoever theres always a loop hole
for the authorities to exploit.
i say the U.K free speech policies are an illusion to give its citizens the appearence of free speech without actually allowing it.
Libel and slander laws protect from malicious lies and defamation of character. The Race Relations Act is meant to provide protection to all sectors
of society against Racism. Similarly the average person from abusive and threatening behaviour in public by Section 5 of the Criminal Offences Acts.
It would be interesting to find out if this act could be applied to the Internet which is after all a public place. It’s an area of law I doubt many
site owners have investigated.
so anything they judge to be threatening behavior can instantly get snubbed .. this can be applied to any situation.
Free speech in the U.K is a joke plain and simple .. i envy our american brothers and their freedom of speech laws even tho they seem under threat
So do you think the U.K should adopt a total Freedom of speech into its laws? i mean i know people can be very offensive but how can u protect people
from freedom of speech?
Everyone is entitled to thier opinion isn't that the whole point of freedom of speech? no matter how others may view thier opinions.
You Canoot police peoples minds and to think it is just to do see is disgusting to me.
Its our democratic right!!!
I have heard that it is also something to do with being the subjects of the Queen (and ultimately she must approve it, this is probably an old and
outdated law) but cannot find much info on this any help is appreciated.
dont think our laws are stupid sometimes??? heres a short list of laws STILL in effect in the U.K
It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.
It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.
Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you
don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.
Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.
In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.
In Lancashire, no person is permitted after being asked to stop by a constable on the seashore to incite a dog to bark.
In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.
In London, Freemen are allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll; they are also allowed to drive geese down
In the UK, a man who feels compelled to urinate in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel and keeps his right hand on his vehicle.
In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.
In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.
In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.
The head of any dead whale found on the British coast is legally the property of the King; the tail, on the other hand, belongs to the Queen - in case
she needs the bones for her corset.
[edit on 19/8/07 by Quantum_Squirrel]