Director of Public Prosecution Alison Saunders has said that new guidelines mean that the CPS will now ‘treat online hate crimes as seriously as those committed face to face’.
Defending the decision, Ms. Saunders said:
‘I think free speech is important. Our guideline must make it clear that prosecutors will need to balance the right to use it’.
‘That means people can hold and vocalise distasteful, insulting behaviour, but when it crosses the line into grossly offensive, or threatening and abusive, that is a line when it’s crossed, we will prosecute’.
‘Free speech doesn’t mean you can threaten people or post grossly offensive messages online, that’s not what people can do’.
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