Calling someone the C-word on twitter is now a criminal offence
Update on Olly
The sentence is in and it's a rough one: A FIVE year restraining order against him - no contact with any Bexley Councillors, no use of social media (twitter, blogs, facebook) to discuss their actions, £600+ costs and 80hrs* community service. Presumably the restraining order precludes Olly from attending Bexley Council meetings for the next five years as well.
So that's it, folks. Uncover corruption in your local council, tweet and blog about it and you too can end up with a criminal record imposed on trumped up charges, a cover up and state justice.
It looks as though a fighting fund to support Olly in paying the costs is being set up and I'll post a link as soon as I have it.
I'll try again - it's a 12 month community order incorporating 80hrs unpaid work.
I'll reiterate that this isn't simply an issue about a Councillor, who didn't even see the tweet, being called the c-word. It's about a blogger uncovering corruption within Bexley Council itself and being charged & sentenced on flimsy grounds. Check out Bexley is Bonkers, a site to which Olly does not contribute, and check out the facts for yourselves. There is a c-word alright, but that c-word is 'cover-up'.
UPDATE: An appeal against sentence has been lodged.
UPDATE2: Olly has posted on his blog: Stringing a sentence together