"I think it's a very, very dark day in regards to freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” he said."The thing that was most worrying is that one of the primary things in any action that is to be considered is things like context and intent, and today context and intent were completely disregarded.
He said the effort by more than 100 would-be rescuers in the air and on the ground would now convert to a smaller-scale operation to investigate the cause of the crash and identify human remains through DNA testing.
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"If we felt it was toxic hate speech, we would have taken it down." Eventually it was - but can still be viewed on another You Tube channel.
READ MORE: Free speech row as Scots 'Nazi dog' film maker found guilty of being grossly offensive online But Ephraim Borowski, director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCo Je C), said videos like the 'Nazi dog' footage served to "normalise antisemitic views".
Supporting Meechan at court yesterday was former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.
READ MORE: Free speech row as Scots 'Nazi dog' film maker found guilty of being grossly offensive online And in the wake of the guilty verdict, comedy star Ricky Gervais was among those to support the Coatbridge blogger.He said: "A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed 'grossly offensive'. Yet if my government tried to ban it or criminalise it, I would march alongside those poor fools and fight hard for their right to believe any f*****g stupid nonsense they chose." Also among Meechan's supporters is comedian David Baddiel, who is Jewish, and told Ricky Gervais's Sirius radio show last month: "It is funny."If you don't believe in a person's right to say things that you might find 'grossly offensive', then you don't believe in Freedom of Speech. "As far as I am concerned you can definitely do jokes about the Holocaust.Obviously, you can do jokes about anything." Gervais adds: "Of course what is funny about it is the lack of awareness on the dog's part." After the verdict Baddiel was challenged over whether he was "that stupid to believe this guys defense is to make his girlfriend's dog less cute". Because an actual Nazi would not be teaching his *pug* to Hitler salute.Because in 1940s Germany, that would have got you arrested and murdered for taking the p**s."For the system to actually disregard such things as that means that your actions no longer matter, they decide what your context and intent is.