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Scottish Police Trained To Target Actors And Comedians Under Hate Crime Laws; Report

•, by Steve Watson

Training materials obtained by the outlet state that content deemed to be "threatening and abusive" under the Hate Crime and Public Order can be communicated "through public performance of a play."

A slide from the leaked training material titled "stirring up hatred" also lists 'protected' characteristics including age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

In other words, under First Minister Humza Yousaf's new law, any performer who for example 'misgenders' trans people, jokes about race or religion, or even criticises migrants can potentially be prosecuted.

The training material further states that even those forwarding or sharing material deemed to be 'hateful' can also be targeted under the law.

It states "The different ways in which a person may communicate material to another person are by: displaying, publishing or distributing the material, for example on a sign, on the internet through websites, blogs, podcasts, social media etc., either directly, or by forwarding or repeating material that originates from a third party, through printed media such as magazine publications or leaflets."

So, essentially retweeting a Dave Chappelle or Ricky Gervais skit, like the one below, could land you with a hate criminal charge in Scotland.