Published 25 July 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A public consultation has closed on changes to Scotland's hate crime laws, which opponents say could have a damaging effect on free speech. Ministers argue the bill offers great protection for victims at a time when the number of cases is on the rise. Scottish Labour's James Kelly said he had 'serious reservations', especially over the offence of stirring up hatred. But Scotland's justice secretary said people's freedom of expression was not under attack. As you are reading this news story on the BBC news website I am going to hazard a guess that you probably believe that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. And that you think without the right to free speech many other freedoms may be threatened? You would probably also agree that it is wrong actively attempt to stir up hatred against … [Read more...] about Free speech row over new hate crime bill in Scotland
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A man has been filmed riding naked on a motorbike on a motorway as he reportedly fled after slaughtering his wife and baby with a meat cleaver in Malaysia. Police found the bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a two-month-old boy in a house in Kampung Bakar Batu, Johor Bahru, on Monday. Both the wife and baby were discovered dead with slash wounds to their necks . And a video has emerged on social media showing a man appearing to flee the scene. A man is seen riding the motorcycle naked in the central lane of a three-lane carriageway baffling other motorists. Motorists looked on in surprise as the man rode naked in the central lane of the motorway ( Image: CEN) Then two hours later - following a tip-off from a member of the public - police reportedly arrested a 24-year-old man in Permas Jaya, around a 10-minute drive away from the crime scene. Officers also seized a red motorcycle and a meat cleaver. The female victim was named in reports as Hajar Nursyahirin … [Read more...] about Man ‘flees naked on motorbike after killing wife and baby with meat cleaver’
Published 27 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing MP Victoria Atkins has resigned from her role as justice minister citing concerns over "integrity, decency and respect" within the government. She joins a growing number of ministerial resignations following the row over the Chris Pincher controversy. The Louth and Horncastle Conservative representative will continue to serve her constituents as an MP. In a letter posted on social media, she told Boris Johnson she "can no longer pirouette around our fractured values". The prime minister is fighting to stay in office, amid a wave of resignations from his government in protest at his leadership. Ms Atkins said it was with "sadness and regret" that she was standing down from her position as justice minister. She stated: "Values such as integrity, decency, respect and professionalism should matter to us … [Read more...] about Lincolnshire MP Victoria Atkins resigns as justice minister
Despite Moscow's attempts to stem any dissent against its invasion of Ukraine, some Russians are continuing to protest -- even if it means facing draconian punishment for the most benign acts of opposition. Some have paid a heavy price for their acts of protest. In the early days of the war in February, authorities moved quickly to quash demonstrations, arresting people who marched or even held blank signs, balloons in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, or other oblique references to the conflict. Critical media outlets were shut down as the government sought to control the narrative. Political opponents were singled out by President Vladimir Putin or commentators on state-run TV. Russia cracks down on independent media during Ukraine invasion Russia's brain drain: War with Ukraine prompts tens of thousands to flee abroad Lawmakers rubber-stamped measures that outlawed the spread of "false information" about what the Kremlin called a "special … [Read more...] about Russians defy crackdown to find small ways of protesting Ukraine war
Published 21 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Australia election 2022 Three years after a "miracle" victory, Scott Morrison's tenure as Australian Prime Minister and coalition leader is over. After his personal unpopularity dominated the campaign, Mr Morrison led his Liberal-National government to a significant election defeat in Saturday's general election. Mr Morrison kept his seat, but many of his party allies lost theirs. Speaking after calling rival Anthony Albanese to concede defeat, Mr Morrison said he accepted responsibility for the government's losses - and its wins - and would step down as leader. But Mr Morrison - nicknamed ScoMo - wasn't always considered a liability, building a reputation as a survivor and a shrewd political tactician before he ascended to the top job in 2018. Rise to the top The son of a police … [Read more...] about Australia election: What went wrong for Scott Morrison?