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When “hate” tweets are not a crime – but disproportionate action by the cops impedes a tweeter’s freedoms

18/02/2020

This must be stopped. Our government could well go down a similar path given comments by Andrew Little and the HRC head

Point of Order

The boundaries of free speech were at issue in two recent court cases, one in Britain, the other in New Zealand.

In the British case, a judge ruled that the police response to an ex-officer’s tweets (allegedly transphobic) was a “disproportionate interference” with his right to freedom of expression.

The judge said:

“In this country we have never had a Cheka, a Gestapo or a Stasi. We have never lived in an Orwellian society.”

In the New Zealand case, the judge was spared the need to rule in favour of …

  • Businessman Sir Bob Jones, who wrote in a newspaper column that Waitangi Day should be replaced with Māori Gratitude Day and Māori bring Pākehā breakfast in bed; or
  • Film-maker Renae Maihi, who said in evidence she recognised Sir Bob was not seriously calling for Māori to bring breakfast in bed.   She nevertheless had responded by gathering signatures for a…

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