In the news - Feel Free to Insult Me

A campaign has been launched for the repeal of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, a law which bans insulting language or behaviour.

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Feel Free to Insult Me


A campaign has been launched for the repeal of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, a law which bans insulting language or behaviour.

The call to reform the current law is backed by a diverse array of campaigners, including The Christian Institute and the National Secular Society. It is also backed by prominent Conservative MP David Davis, who said that Section 5 was having a “terrible, chilling effect on democracy”. A recent poll suggested that up to two-thirds of MPs share Mr Davis’ view that the law should be repealed.

The campaign, which is being run under the slogan “Feel Free to Insult Me”, claimed that the current law hinders freedom of speech and has little clarity on what constitutes “insulting words or behaviour”, which, they argued, had led to some arrests being made unnecessarily. People who have been arrested under the law include a student who called a horse “gay” and a teenager who barked at two dogs.



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