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Alex Watts : Do you mean subject to criminal or civil sanctions please?
Alex Watts : Criminal no. There is no law against denial.
I believe criminal sanctions are part of the child protection and domestic violence law. I think I had this in mind as an alternative to the hate speech or holocaust denial statutes.
Alex Watts : There is clearly law regarding racial aspects such as remarks etc.
Alex Watts : as for civil matters. Someone would need to show that they suffered as a result of what you said and it had been negligent
Alex Watts : Indeed it would invoke your right to free speech
Alex Watts : people are free to say many things, within the law
Alex Watts : So nothing discriminatory such as race, colour, sex, religion and such forth
Alex Watts : But to deny that if happened is not an offenc e
Alex Watts : Civil they would have too many hurdles.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I think I'm arguing for a specific restriction on free speech, because UK has no separate 'denial' law like some other European countries.
Alex Watts : Indeed. There is no law against you doing this in the UK. You are entitled to your opinion as long as you are not racist.
Perhaps a criminal liability could be justified, because of the harm involved, even if there is no discriminatory incitement involved in the atrocity denial.
Alex Watts : No I don't think so. It's not a specific criminal offence
Alex Watts : If it's inciting racial hatred. That's different. Please see
Alex Watts : http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/latest_news/101_09/
Alex Watts : But as long as you are not doing that, it's not an offenc e
Alex Watts : Does that clarify?
Thank you. I think there ought to be some sort of criminal offence for atrocity denial, analogous to emotionally abusing a spouse or a child but saying it's not because you don't love them.
Alex Watts : But there is not at the moment. Whether there should be is a matter for government and MPs
Alex Watts : I can only tell you the legal position