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Man who tweeted that Ferial Haffajee 'deserves a bullet' can be charged

18 June 2018 6:09 PM
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Facebook
Twitter
Social media
Ferial Haffajee
Hate speech
Crimen Injuria
Cyberbullies
Emma Sadlier
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Social media lawyer Emma Sadleir says that such online comments amount to crimen injuria and can be reported to police.

Media law guru Emma Sadleir says the Twitter user who wrote that Ferial Haffajee "deserves a bullet in the head" can face criminal charges.

Haffajee, the Editor-at-large at HuffPost South Africa, recently wrote an article about her experiences of online hate and threats.

A Twitter user, with the handle @Mbuyazi04, sent Haffajee a direct message which used several expletives and threatened her life.

Sadleir says that Twitter users such at @Mbuyazi04 should be investigated by police and charged with crimen injuria and hate speech.

Crimen injuria is a crime under South African common law.

It is defined as the act of unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another person.

The police should really be finding this person, arresting them and holding them to account.

Emma Sadleir, Social media law expert

Crimen injuria is where you seriously infringe someone's dignity.

Emma Sadleir, Social media law expert

Sadleir talks about the rules that govern social media content and how to eradicate growing online hate.

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18 June 2018 6:09 PM
Tags:
Crime
Facebook
Twitter
Social media
Ferial Haffajee
Hate speech
Crimen Injuria
Cyberbullies
Emma Sadlier
tweets

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