The outdated offences of criminal libel and sedition have been abolished after the introduction of new laws.
The two offences were disposed of yesterday as Section 73 of the Coroners and Justice 2009 came into effect, sweeping away the old common law offences of sedition, seditious libel, obscene libel and defamatory libel.
The old offence of sedition - essentially an attack on the sovereign or institutions of government - included exciting disaffection against the institutions of government with an intention to incite violence or create public disorder.
Seditious libel was publishing seditious material in a written or permanent form.
Justice Minister Claire Ward said: "Sedition and seditious and defamatory libel are arcane offences - from a bygone era when freedom of expression wasn't seen as the right it is today.
"Freedom of speech is now seen as the touchstone of democracy, and the ability of individuals to criticise the state is crucial to maintaining freedom.
OH COMMENT: Alas, Dear Anna, Common Law is unalienable. It cannot be changed by lawyers or Parliamentarians and their "statute" admiralty law (which does not apply on land unless both parties consent. I do NOT) no matter how much they huff and puff.
I'm actually looking forward to being prosecuted under common law for "sedition". Guilty as charged.