Brussels attacks: Croydon man charged after tweet ‘confronting Muslim woman over Brussels attacks’

independent

The fact that he was charged at all says a lot about the state of free speech in the U.K..

By Alexandra Sims of the Independent

A man charged after a message was posted on his Twitter profile about confronting a Muslim woman over the Brussels attacks is no longer charged with the offence, police say.

A tweet appeared on Matthew Doyle from South Croydon’s Twitter account on Wednesday, which said: “I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels.”

Scotland Yard said he is no longer charged with the offence and will not be appearing in court following discussion with the Crown Prosecuting Service.

A statement issued by Metropolitan police on Friday said he had “been charged under section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986; publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred.”

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