With growing interest on the abuse of people on the internet, some amazing figures have emerged from the Ministry of Justice showing the huge rise in the number of prosecutions in the last decade.
Ten years ago just 143 people were convicted of the crime to send “by means of a public electronic communications network” a message or other material that is “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”.
Last year – the latest figure for convictions had soared to 1209 – an extraordinary eight fold increase.
As Media Lawyer reports:
“The previously little-used section [ Section 127 of the malicious communications act 2003] has come to prominence in recent years following a string of high-profile cases of…
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