Writing in her Independent column today, the columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says:
Some crazed demons on Twitter believe anything goes. Written words matter and hold meanings beyond that narcissistic urge to send off instant thoughts. The Tory councillor who sent out a vile and scary message about me says it was a joke.
After some thought I decided I will not press charges. My objections have been made and there is no need for more.
I’m pleased by this, and said earlier that it was a bad idea. Whether the CPS decides to take this further is up to them. But at least Yasmin has washed her hands off the affair.
As I said earlier – she didn’t report it to the police either, though they had to take it seriously. Yasmin gets a lot of death threats, and while I sympathise with the desire to punish people who make idle threats, it wasn’t a good idea in this case because of the huge free speech implications.
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