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A man from Kent has been arrested for posting an image of a burning poppy on a social network site
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[quote:Kissplash:MV8yMDQ4NTE2XzM0NDIzNzg2Xzg3QjUzOUNF] [quote:smilesun:MV8yMDQ4NTE2XzM0NDIyNjAzXzg2Nzg0QTFC] [quote:Anonymous Coward 1579244:MV8yMDQ4NTE2XzM0NDIyMjg0X0Q3Q0NGRDZD] so the moral of the story is that if you know you havent done anything wrong but the cops come kicking down the door, lock and load to go down fighting because the system is run by criminals. amirite? [/quote] The arrest was made under section 127 of the Communications Act, which states that someone can be guilty of an offence if they "send by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character". The law has come under fire in the past because it is too difficult to define what is "grossly offensive", rather than merely offensive. [/quote] Ok. I totally get the poppy thing and why people would be offended but since when is it the job of the government to police such things? We are so worried about offending someone that we have to walk on eggshells ALL THE TIME NOW! it borders on ridiculous. So if someone stuck out his tongue at the President or the Queen of England and said something people would rightfully be offended but then a child might have a pic of themselves sticking their tongue out the next day and get arrested for being political? Don't say it can't happen, it can. So where is the line drawn to where people can have an opinion or make a common and silly gesture that gets taken out of context because we don't rationalize that we should have some slack on the chains of freedom for everyone's sake? Should he have posted a burning poppy online, probably not, if he had any sense of value for other people's feelings. But he should have the right to his say on how he feels too. Offending someone shouldn't be a crime. Hurting others physically and mentally, yeah. But to cater to all this PC crap is ridiculous. How do you strip this man's right to freedom of speech without stripping yours and mine? Wanna take off some offending crap and throw lots of peeps in prison? Just arrest everyone who's ever been in a reality show. They put out offending things every time they air. [/quote]
Kent Police said in a statement that the man, from Aylesham, had been detained last night on suspicion of making malicious telecommunications and that he was in custody awaiting interview.
The force did not say whether the arrested man actually burned the poppy, or just posted the photo online.
The arrest was met with disbelief on Twitter, where people mounted a fierce discussion over civil liberties.
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