Free to Disagree opposes the new ‘stirring up hatred’ offences in the Scottish Government’s Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The new offences pose a serious threat to freedom of expression for everybody.

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

87%agree

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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