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YouTube user fined for posting video of pet dog giving Nazi salutes

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Bennie Garza | 23 April, 2018, 19:36

Meechan, who posts on YouTube under the handle Count Dankula, uploaded the video to the platform in April 2016, where it was viewed three million times, Sky News reports.

During the trial, Meechan denied he was anti-Semitic and reiterated that the video was nothing more than a joke to annoy his girlfriend and should not be considered a hate crime.

In March a year ago, at Airdrie Sheriff Court in Lanarkshire, Meechan pleaded not guilty to breaching the Communications Act by sending a "grossly offensive" message, aggravated by religious prejudice.

"A joke can be grossly offensive".

O'Carroll added that it was of "little assistance" to that he didn't intend for the joke to be actually racist, but Meechan is not taking the ruling lying down (pun intended) and plans to appeal his sentence.

Speaking after sentencing, Meechan said the decision had created a "dangerous" precedent for freedom of speech. He says it doesn't set a precedent, it does set a precedent, a really, really risky precedent has been set for people to say things, their context to be completely ignored and then they can be convicted for it.

"For the system to disregard things like that means your actions no longer matter, they decide what your context and intent is".

"On the whole evidence, including your own, applying the law as made by Parliament and interpreted by the most senior courts in this land, I found it proved that the video you posted, using a public communications network, was grossly offensive and contained menacing, anti-Semitic and racist material".

"If you don't believe in a person's right to say things that you might find "grossly offensive", then you don't believe in Freedom of Speech". "Yet if my government tried to ban it or criminalize it, I would march alongside those poor fools and fight hard for their right to believe any fucking stupid nonsense they chose".

Comedian Jonathan Pie watered down claims of Count Dankula's video being "grossly offensive", arguing it was "just a joke". "Gas the Jews" in one form or another is repeated by you 23 times within a few minutes.

Also present was Tommy Robinson, ex-leader of the far-right English Defence League.

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