Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The right to use a megaphone

Justice Holland in the High Court in 2007 stated that: "Protest is lawful; the use of a megaphone as an adjunct of lawful protest is itself lawful. The starting point is unfettered freedom to engage in so much amplified protest as is neither intimidating or harassing." HLS Group Plc v SHAC 2007 WL 919475 [2007] EWHC 522 (QB) QBD.

(However, if you were to shout insulting and abusive comments through a megaphone or point it deliberately in someone's face, this might amount to an offence).

I'm saving this here so that I never forget that the justice system does work in the favour of people who want to try and make a difference whether with humour or irony.

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