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

Free speech is an important right


Savanta: ComRes, 6-13 August 2020.

Savanta ComRes interviewed 1,008 Scottish adults aged 16+ online between 6 and 13 August 2020. Data were weighted to be representative of Scotland by age, gender, and region.

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