Re: And I thought the UK was bad?
We had criminal libel in England until 2010. Nowadays it would be an offence under the Malicious Communications Act.
I don't think there should be absolute unrestricted freedom of speech, because you have to balance it with other people's rights. The line has to be drawn somewhere, and this case is very definitely on the wrong side of the line.
The basic assumption under English law is that one citizen most certainly can prosecute another person and they go to prison. The police are employed as full time "good citizens", who spend their time doing it on our behalf.
Finally, what is this "UK Law" thing you refer to? There is English (and Welsh) Law, there is Northern Irish Law which is very similar to English Law, and there is Scottish Law, which is very different.