Free speech includes the right to offend, judges rule

Dec 21, 2020 by

from Christian Today:

Two judges have cleared a woman in a misgendering case that could have far-reaching implications for freedom of speech and policing.

Lord Justice Bean and Mr Justice Warby at the Court of Appeal ruled that “free speech encompasses the right to offend, and indeed to abuse another”, The Telegraph reports.

The verdict was handed down in the case of a woman who was accused of misgendering a trans woman on Twitter in a number of tweets in 2018.

Earlier this year, the accused was given a two-year conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation but decided to appeal the judgment.

Now that verdict has been overturned by the two appeal judges in a landmark ruling that is likely to impact how police officers respond to complaints about opinions or comments deemed offensive.

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