In the Media

How far should we go to stop online paedophiles?

PUBLISHED November 14, 2014

Here is a thought. Had the internet existed in the Eighties, would we be having the current national nervous breakdown about an alleged Establishment cover‑up of widespread child abuse 30 years ago? It is far more likely that those about whom the rumours were circulating widely at the time would have been targeted by online vigilantes and trapped into breaking the law. There would be no missing dossiers; no fading images of the MP Geoffrey Dickens waving his list of alleged miscreants outside the Home Office; no finger of suspicion pointing uncertainly at leading politicians, many now dead.

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