New law (UK) where clicking on terrorist propaganda once could mean 15 years in prison comes into force

With no clear definition of what is considered “extremism”.

New counterterror laws likened to “thought crime” by a United Nations inspector have come into force. A raft of new measures mean people can be jailed for viewing terrorist propaganda online, entering “designated areas” abroad and making “reckless expressions” of support for proscribed groups. The

Source: New law where clicking on terrorist propaganda once could mean 15 years in prison comes into force

The full provisions that have commenced today:

  • create an offence of reckless expressions of support for a proscribed organisation;
  • create an offence of publication of images, and a police power to seize items as evidence, related to a proscribed organisation;
  • create an offence of obtaining or viewing terrorist material over the internet;
  • create an offence of entering or remaining in a designated area;
  • amend the offences of encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications;
  • extend extra-territorial jurisdiction for certain offences including inviting support for a proscribed organisation;
  • increase maximum sentences for terrorism offences;
  • make extended sentences available for terrorism offences – ending automatic early release and allowing a longer period on licence;
  • strengthen notification requirements on convicted terrorists, and introduce greater powers to enter and search their homes;
  • extend Serious Crime Prevention Orders for terrorism offences;
  • introduce further traffic regulations; and
  • provide for a statutory review of Prevent
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