UK Embraces Sharia-Style Censorship After Cop Allegedly Posts Unpopular Meme
On May 30, 2020, Sergeant Geraint Jones of the Devon and Cornwall police force in southwest England allegedly sent a meme of George Floyd to a few of his colleagues over WhatsApp. Little did Jones know that this “grossly offensive” meme — which apparently featured an altered image of Floyd, though the meme’s exact contents are unclear — would lead to a criminal charge, The Guardian reported. “The officer is alleged to have shared the image on 30 May, five days after Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota,” The Guardian said. Sharing certain messages or pieces of content like memes is illegal under Section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act in the United Kingdom. This law essentially subjects members of the public to criminal punishment “for thinking and speaking according to conscience,” National Review explained.