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Adam Wagner @AdamWagner1
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1/ I have just been sent the 24-page judgment of DJ Zani in the Alison Chabloz case. She was convicted of sending a grossly offensive message over a public communications network contrary to s.127 of Communications Act 2003 for publishing songs mocking and denying the Holocaust
2/ I will try to do a more detailed thread or post on this but for now here is the key part of the judgment. Note that the judge accepted that Holocaust denial isn't a crime in the UK but (it would seem) the gross offence was caused by the manner of delivery too
3/ As I have said before, I think s.127 is a real and continuing threat to free speech - . It's a difficult argument to make as it often comes across as supporting *what was said (or sung)* rather than *the criminalisation of speech*
4/ Having read the judgment, my view is that any kind of Holocaust denial on social media, particularly if a mocking tone is used, will be potentially at risk of a conviction under section 127. I can't see how the judgment can be interpreted in any other way.
5/ This isn't to say that *all* Holocaust denial is now a criminal offence. But I don't see how some of the tweets I have received in the past month about e.g. Auschwitz being a leisure centre are any less offensive than Chabloz's horrible songs.
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