The owner of a Facebook page praising the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has told their followers that they have been visited by two police officers who provided ‘advice’ that included a warning to stop posting content that is ‘critical of Islam.’
According to an update on the page called The Church Of Mogg, the page itself was frozen by Facebook for two weeks, and the owner was advised that they could face arrest for ‘hate crimes’ if any further content of that nature is posted in the future.
Perhaps one of the most worrying parts of the Facebook post is that they say they have no idea how the local police obtained his details without some sort of court order or similar legal action.
At the time of writing, this question remains unsolved.
The post states:
As you will all now all be aware, I was visited last week by two local police officers who wished to provide ‘words of advice’ regarding supposed Islamophobic content posted onto this page, which was itself locked and suspended for a fortnight.
The officers themselves were polite and reasonable enough, however their message was somewhat chilling: it was insinuated that if I continued to post material which could be considered critical of Islam or offensive to the practices of Muslims, I could potentially be arrested for ‘hate crimes.’ Equally chilling was that I have no idea how they obtained my personal information and they weren’t willing to disclose this information during their visit.
On the advice of some patrons of this page I have this morning submitted a formal complaint to the IPCC and also made written enquiries to the Police and Crime Commissioner to try and get answers. I will of course keep you all updated with the progress of these enquiries.
Thank you all for your kind words, messages and patronage. It has been very helpful.
While we agree with the general sentiment that there is no place for outright hate speech and Islamophobic on social media, or indeed in any other walk of life, it is concerning to see the phrase ‘critical of Islam’ being used.
Surely it is acceptable for any religion to be criticised, provided that comments do not stray into ‘hate’ or ‘racism.’