Whenever I hear about another news story where someone has been arrested for being “grossly offensive” on social media, I become worried not because there are people who make sick jokes, but because so many people seem to support the reactions of the authorities.
A mark of a true democracy is the freedom to say what you like, be as offensive as you please and live safely in the knowledge that the state will not try to silence you.
There is, of course, one exception, which is the incitement of violence against others, which no civilised nation would accept as the norm, but this is the only exception.
When people argue in favour of such a response by the authorities, you are on the side of the tyrant, you are in favour of oppression and that so many seem to be on this side is worrying for the future of what could once have been called one of the greatest democracies on Earth.
When a nation embarks on that slippery path with so many supporting it, you become blind to the inevitable consequences. Rather than worry about potentially being arrested for saying something which may fall on the wrong side of the law, you must show greater concern for the fact that such laws are even on the books.