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obscene and threatening communication


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A summary offence, contrary to s 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988, to send to another person (a) a letter, electronic communication, or article of any description which conveys: a message which is indecent or grossly offensive; a threat; or information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender; or (b) any article or electronic communication which is, in whole or part, of an indecent or grossly offensive nature. If the material contains a threat, there is a defence similar to that available on a blackmail charge. Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 makes it an offence to send by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character; or to cause any such message or matter to be so sent. The maximum punishment for both offences is six months' imprisonment and/or a fine at level 5.

(a) a letter, electronic communication, or article of any description which conveys: a message which is indecent or grossly offensive; a threat; or information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender; or (b) any article or electronic communication which is, in whole or part, of an indecent or grossly offensive nature.

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