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On Friday 14th September Azhar Ahmed was found guilty of 'Improper use of public electronic communications network' under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. As SchNEWS reported, in March Azhar had posted a Facebook update criticising lack of publicity received by civilian deaths compared to the deaths of British soldiers. While the tone and some of the wording of the post could (at best) be described as undiplomatic, Azhar had never intended people outside of his 'friends' list to see it.
West Yorks Police originally charged Azhar with a much more serious charge – racially-aggravated harassment. At the first court appearance, realising this charge wouldn't stick, the CPS decided on a prosecution under the relatively obscure Communications Act. The act criminalises any messages that are “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”, meaning a large proportion of all status updates and Tweets could be covered.
The case probably would've been quietly dropped had it not been the for the amount of right-wing attention it had received. Unsurprisingly the champions of free speech, the English Defence League (EDL), were waiting outside of court to harass Azhar even more. Despite the fact that their own Facebook pages are covered in racist, hate filled messages they claim that the judicial system favours Muslims and ethnic minorities. Meanwhile – in the real world – a Muslim teenager now has a criminal record and has become a hate figure for the far right merely for sharing his opinion with friends. Sentencing is due in October.
Pro Patria (For Fatherland), a new far-right group with seasoned members, raise their ugly head in the Netherlands with a demonstration announced for the 20th September in the Hague.
BRITAIN FIRST WORSTED IN SWANLEY SHOWDOWN
Anti-fascists prepare a warm welcome for EDL splinter groups in Cricklewood, North London, this Saturday ...
Mass squatting action in metal recycling plant pulled off in style, after brutal policing leaves hundreds of undocumented people without shelter.
South East Alliance stopped in their tracks.
Anti fracking campaigners have got their hands on a Sussex Police report that details an 'emerging' nationwide strategy on protests against the controversial drilling technique. The report has been exposed in a report about the policing of the protests at Balcombe, West Sussex, last summer.
We started writing about three interesting but unrelated things happening in June. Here is an amalgamated version, which is worth a read.