Freedom of expression and offensive political Emails: an important assertion of a fundamental right – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 8th, 2024 in electronic mail, freedom of expression, malicious communications, news by tracey

‘In a significant ruling, the Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of the appellant for an offence contrary to Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 based on an email written to local councillors in a political dispute. In R v Casserly [2024] EWCA Crim 25, The Court gave guidance on – and placed emphasis on the importance of – directing juries on the right to free speech under Article 10 ECHR. The appeal considered the interaction between s 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and Article 10.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th February 2024