How the anti-fascist magazine SEARCHLIGHT viewed
the background to the creation of THE STORMER comic in May 1981, four months before my trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in
East London in September. I was convicted of "aiding and abetting, counselling and procuring the publication of material
likely to incite racial hatred" and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
Link to The Art of Controversy review
The following is my version
of events and the people involved, most of whom are now dead. I pleaded not guilty for some very good reasons as will be revealed.
Aiding and abetting, counselling and procuring being the most contentious points. "Likely" to incite racial hatred
is another anomaly in this ill-conceived law as no evidence is required to convict.
All that is required is a complaint and the main
complaint came from the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
people might ask why is Edwards going on about an incident that goes back 35 years and for which he served a 12 month sentence.
Surely it is all now water under the bridge and so forth. Who cares, you might ask? I feel that it is now the time to raise it again after the Charlie Hebdo
publicity a few years ago when the cry then was that we must have freedom of expression in the West and that cartoonists,
in particular, are a special group of people who need to be protected. Indeed, they went further to claim that we have this
freedom of expression while other parts of the world do not. That satire is a peculiar Western thing which, if it offends
anyone, then too bad ... because it is part of Western (European) tradition. The magazine Charlie Hebdo is notorious for offending
most sections of society through the medium of caricature and has this impunity. Added to this, an immunity from criticism,
you could say.