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Those who have sufficient power usually imprison or put to death any one who tries to shake their faith in their own excellence or in that of the universe; it is for this reason that seditious libel and blasphemy have always been, and still are, criminal offences.
The Tories were in power, and he was a Whig, and he presently found himself expelled from the House of Commons for "uttering seditious libels." Shut out from politics, Steele turned once more to essay-writing, and published, one after the other, several papers of the same style as the Spectator, but none of them lived long.
These are clearly seditious libel that could be subjected to criminal prosecution,' the resolution further stated.
Johnson's spell in King's Bench Prison for seditious libel was
In an era in which an attack on the established Church was tantamount to an attack on the state, even playful mockery of clergymen could be read as seditious libel and a threat to law and order.
'Seditious libel' originates in the 1606 De Libellis Famosis (105) decision of the Star Chamber which created a wide offence of sedition that enabled prosecutions against people who used words that could urge insurrection against those in authority, or who censured public men for their conduct, or criticised the institutions of the country.
After the 2001 judgment, Connolly referred to the operation of the European Court of Justice as having affirmed the concept of "seditious libel," a long-discredited principle of jurisprudence maintaining that any attempt to criticize in writing the sovereign authority should be considered equivalent to seeking to overthrow the government itself.
Officially, copyright began in Britain with the Statute of Anne in 1710, but he begins with the trial and pillorying of Daniel Defoe in 1703 for seditious libel in his satirical pamphlet The Shortest Way with the Dissenters.
(2) We find further evidence of the belief that satire offered immunity from prosecution in Defoe's response to the indictment of The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (1702) for seditious libel. In his Brief Explanation of a Late Pamphlet Entituled, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters ...
After his successful defense of Rupert Murdoch's News in 1960 in a seditious libel case, John Jefferson Bray made a powerful enemy who coveted the position that Chief Justice Bray would come to hold; an enemy who would then ruthlessly target Bray's unconventional private life.
In 1703 he wrote a satirical pamphlet called "The Shortest Way with the Dissenters," for which he punished; found guilty of "seditious libel" he spent a short term in Newgate prison.