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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand update

Should someone take a read of the following extract from the Malicious Communications Act 1988 Section 1 as amended by Section 43 Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. It applies to offences committed from the 11th May 2001 onwards

"(1) Any person who sends to another person
(a) a letter, electronic communication or article of any description which conveys
(i) a message which is indecent or grossly offensive
(ii) a threat or
(iii) information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender or
(b) any article or electronic communication which is, in whole or part, of an indecent or grossly offensive nature, is guilty of an offence if his purpose, or one of his purposes, in sending it is that it should, so far as falling within paragraph (a) or (b) above, cause distress or anxiety to the recipient or to any other person to whom he intends that it or its contents or nature should be communicated.

(2) A person is not guilty of an offence by virtue of subsection (1)(a)(ii) above if he shows
(a) that the threat was used to reinforce a demand made by him on reasonable grounds and
(b) that he believed, and had reasonable grounds for believing, that the use of the threat was a proper means of reinforcing the demand.

(2A) In this section 'electronic communication' includes _
(a) any oral or other communication by means of a telecommunication system(within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1984 (c12));

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Not long before someone makes a formal complaint to the police I would have thought?"
Ross and Brand in court, "wesult"!

5 comments:

justwilliams said...

Do the Metropolitan Police need a formal complaint before they will follow up a well-publicised criminal offence?

Anonymous said...

I think their behaviour is completly unacceptable. We pay these presenters over £6 million; In todays climate, and based on their attitude, I think their salaries should be reviewed. A new petition has been setup asking the BBC to review and reduce the salary of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand:
http://www.sendmyvote.com/petition/bbc

ManMadeMound2 said...

Great post -- More background & "perspective" from manmademound1 on here...

http://manmademound.blogspot.com/2008/10/worse-than-obama.html

Louise said...

We the public have bought into the personality cult for too long. Time good manners was cultivated in my opinion.

I have lost a lot of respect for the BBC. I don't want my license money to go towards funding sick behaviour but I have to contribute to the BBC even if I desert them to move to other channels.

Something ain't right here!

LT

Anonymous said...

please people - get some perspective. The joke was in bad taste & should never have been on air, but who out there is witch-hunting those in charge of making the decision to broadcast? We are in serious danger of becomming a country crippled by our own complaining, we will have personality-void, indeti-presenters just so all you moaners don't file a civil suit anytime anyone cracks a joke. Does our police force not have more important crimes to concentrate on, or would you really rather they concentrate their efforts towards this?!!
Was this man not in Fawlty Towers? was that show not seen as insulting & upsetting to the hotel owners it was based on? Has this Georgina girl not put up pictures of herself all over the internet with no clothes on & 'blood' down her face, perhaps if she's so concerned about her Grandfather's feelings she might have considered the effect of that on him. Hypocrisy hypocrisy hypocrisy.