Catholic journalist investigated by police in transgender row

Journalist Caroline Farrow (The Tablet)

British police are investigating a Catholic journalist to establish whether “criminal offences have taken place” over comments made on Twitter. Source: The Tablet.

Caroline Farrow, a journalist who often comments on social issues, appeared last September on ITV’s Good Morning Britain along with transgender rights campaigner, Susie Green, to discuss the Girl Guides policy of not informing parents if a transgender child joins the Guides. Following the program, Ms Farrow continued the debate with a series of tweets allegedly about Ms Green and her transgender daughter, which were described by Ms Green as “deliberately nasty and malicious”.

In a statement sent to The Tablet on Wednesday, Surrey Police said:

“We received an allegation in relation to a number of tweets which were posted in October 2018. A thorough investigation is being carried out to establish whether any criminal offences have taken place. A 44-year-old woman has been asked to attend a voluntary interview in relation to the allegation.”

The statement continued, saying that a “number of allegations have since been made on Twitter” and that they would be contacting the person concerned in relation to these posts.

Ms Farrow has said on Twitter that she cannot remember the offending posts.

"I have pointed out to the police that I am a Catholic journalist/commentator and it is my religious belief that a person cannot change sex [and] that we are in the middle of a national conversation about what it means to be male and what it means to be female.

"Nonetheless, following my appearance on national television, the [the police have] decided I need to be interviewed under caution for misgendering Susie Green’s child."

In another tweet she wrote: “I have done nothing wrong, nothing illegal and will happily do jail time for my right to say that people cannot change sex.”

On Wednesday, Ms Green told the BBC that she reported Mrs Farrow to the police because of the “really damaging things that she said about me and my actions”. She confirmed that she did not report Mrs Farrow to police because she “misgendered her daughter”.

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Catholic journalist investigated by police in transgender row (The Tablet) 

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