Police stand down after JK Rowling challenges hate speech rules

Scottish police will not charge Harry Potter author JK Rowling following tweets which challenged the country’s new hate speech law.

Rowling took to X to announce her victory and encouraged more women to speak up.

“I hope every woman in Scotland who wishes to speak up for the reality and importance of biological sex will be reassured by this announcement, and I trust that all women, irrespective of profile or financial means will be treated equally under the law,” she wrote.

police stand down after jk rowling challenges hate speech rules

Police stand down after JK Rowling challenges hate speech rules

The famous author called out multiple transgender people in a social media thread.

In the thread, Rowling praised the biological men for having their transgender identity respected before switching her stance, declaring her posts were an April Fool’s joke.

“Only kidding. Obviously, the people mentioned in the above tweets aren’t women at all, but men, every last one of them,” she wrote.

Scotland’s new law, which came into effect on Monday, makes it illegal for people to spread hatred against people.

The hate speech law covers characteristics such as race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and transgender identity.

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