Free to Disagree opposed controversial ‘stirring up hatred’ offences brought forward by the Scottish Government in 2020 under the Hate Crime Bill. Along with other critics, we succeeded in winning crucial amendments to these offences before they were passed by Holyrood in early 2021.
We continue to monitor implementation of the Hate Crime Act and will raise awareness of any negative impact on freedom of speech and expression. Join us to stay updated.
What’s Wrong With The ‘stirring Up Offences’ In The Hate Crime Bill?
The word ‘hatred’ is subjective and hard to define
They cover speech that is merely ‘abusive’ – a vague term which is open to interpretation
An offence can be committed unintentionally
You could be prosecuted for words spoken in the privacy of your own home
The free speech clauses are inadequate
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