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The trouble with defining the limits of free speech online

Tambini, Damian (2012) The trouble with defining the limits of free speech online. LSE Health and Social Care (27 Sep 2012). Website.

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Controversial behaviour on social media sites, some of which have resulted in users being arrested for their ‘offensive’ posts on Twitter, have sparked debates about the applicability of free speech laws to the online environment. Following a statement released by the Crown Prosecution Service, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC, in an interview with the BBC on 20 September, espoused a high threshold for prosecution, recognising the importance of transparent guidelines for prosecutors but also stressing the need to assess cases individually and in their own context, paying close attention to what was said, who it was said to, how many people heard it and what the intention of the message was.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 12:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 18:44

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