Glorification of terrorism to be a criminal offence

When I [first] noted the first reading of the Terrorism Bill [NB not, as I referred to previously, amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act], I suggested there could be interesting implications here following the creation of the specific offence of glorification of terrorism. Since then, the House of Lords removed the offence from the Bill, and made other amendments. However, today in the Commons MPs voted, by 315 to 277, to reject the Lord’s amendment and reinstated the offence.. and, as the Guardian’s Q&A on the Bill noted, there will be no list of historical events exempt from the legislation. Crooked Timber’s Chris Betram suggests, on a topical note, that it’s a denial of freedom of speechI’ll add the updated text of the Bill when available.

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