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Glenn Greenwald: Scotland’s Hate Crime Law Threatens Global Free Speech



Journalist Glenn Greenwald recently joined ‘The Ingraham Angle’ to discuss Scotland’s new Hate Crime and Public Order Act which went into effect on April 1, 2024. 

“I think it’s a crucial issue,” Greenwald said. “The mentality that’s driving [the act], which is that there’s a group of people who are elites, political elites, or people who call themselves disinformation experts, whose judgment about politics is so superior to everybody else’s that they have the right to enforce their judgments not by persuading people, but by force of law to punish people who think differently by criminalizing them, or censoring from the internet or banning them altogether.”

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Ingraham used author J.K. Rowling as an example of someone actively fighting against laws, like Scotland’s, that infringe on the public’s free speech, while Greenwald further warned that the new law may affect the internet as we know it. 

“Laws like this can also mean that if, say, Facebook or Google has to comply with Scotland in the EU and the UK and Canada eventually just through default, that’s going to be our internet as well. Even if those laws couldn’t exist in the United States because of the First Amendment, it has a big impact on American citizens.”