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J.K. Rowling will not be prosecuted for her critical comments on Scotland's law against incitement to transgender hatred


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J.K. Rowling will not be prosecuted for her critical comments on Scotland's law against incitement to transgender hatred

J.K. Rowling's comments posted on . Via its spokesperson, the police institution declared that the position of the author of Harry Potter “was not considered criminal”.

This decision by the police and therefore the Scottish justice system follows the defiant attitude of J.K Rowling who had posted that if her comments “were considered an offense under the terms of the new law, she would be eager to be arrested on her return to Edinburgh (where she lives, Editor's note) after my trip abroad.

On social networks, J.K. Rowling explained all the harm she thinks of this new Scottish legal provision: “The legislation is a wide open door to abuse by activists who want to silence those of us who denounce the dangers of removing spaces reserved for women.

These comments obviously put into perspective this new Scottish law which criminalizes “incitement to hatred linked to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity”. A major supporter, the novelist's position was supported by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who declared that "people should not be criminalized for making common sense comments about biological sex."

Also read J.K. Rowling and Rishi Sunak oppose Scottish law against incitement to transgender hatred

Scottish Prime Minister Humza Yousaf, in office since March 29, 2023, was keen to clarify the ambitions of the law promulgated on April 1: “It aims to protect people against the rising tide of hatred”. But concerning those, like J.K. Rowling who did not adhere to his principle by arguing, in particular, absolute respect for “freedom of expression”, he added: “Unless the behavior is threatening or abusive and aims to stir up hatred, then you (speaking in barely veiled words to the novelist Editor's note) have nothing to fear from the new heads of offense thus created.

Beyond the opinion of J.K. Rowling, the new law passed by the Scottish Parliament continues the standoff between London and Edinburgh. In 2022, Scotland enacted texts granting rights to the transgender community. But a previous legislative attempt to make sex change easier was blocked by the British government. The latter feared that this would weaken existing equality legislation.

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