Rowan Atkinson: Mr Bean actor blasts SNP for threatening free speech with hate crime Bill

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    “However, we are also keenly aware that some offences proposed in the Bill could induce a climate of self-censorship and suppression of writing that challenges power or subverts societal norms.”

    While Conservative MSP Liam Kerr said: “This joint letter is the latest opposition to a deeply flawed Bill.”

    Rowan, who is part of the high profile backlash against the proposal, has also previously opposed the Serious Organised Crime and Police act in the UK.

    In 2005 the actor joined Nicholas Hytner, Stephen Fry, and Ian McEwan in asking for review of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which they felt would give overwhelming power to religious groups to impose censorship on the arts. 



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