British PR Pro Sent to Jail for ‘Inciting Racial Hatred’ via Twitter

So, these are PR skills on display?!

Meet Matthew Doyle, 46, a British publicist, who was arrested and later released under Section 19 of the Public Order Act for confronting a Muslim woman on Twitter and subsequently inciting racial hatred.

In case you don’t live in England, you may not be familiar with the 1986 Public Order Act, which explicitly discusses “acts intended to stir up racial hatred.”

A person who publishes or distributes written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting is guilty of an offence if—

(a) he intends thereby to stir up racial hatred, or

(b) having regard to all the circumstances racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby.

So, you’re the PR pro. You tell us — was this intended to stir up racial hatred?

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Doyle’s tweets were a major #PRfail, and unfortuntely many of them were retweeted. But guys, the “towelhead” comment was just a joke! As he explained to the Telegraph:

“I’m not some far-right merchant, I’m not a mouthpiece for any kind of racism or radicalism,” he says. “If I was xenophobic I wouldn’t live in London. I have a Muslim neighbour who got burgled, and I was one of the first people to go around to help.”

However, he says he does believe Muslims aren’t doing enough to speak out against terrorism.

“The horror that happened in Brussels could happen here,” he adds, “and your naive if you think London isn’t on some terror shortlist.”

In other words: Some of his best friends are towel… well, you get the idea.

Since this ordeal is over and Doyle won’t be charged, let’s hope those PR skills are still polished as he tries to rid the soil off his own reputation.