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Legal challenge launched against government over ‘whitewash’ review of counter-extremism programme | The Independent

A legal battle has been launched against the government over a review of its Prevent counter-extremism strategy, with allegations it will be a “whitewash”, The Independent can reveal.Campaigners are challenging the appointment of Lord Carlile as the independent reviewer, after he called the probe “completely unnecessary” and claimed it was based on a “complete lack of evidence”.They are also questioning the scope of the exercise, claiming it has been structured to sidestep accusations of discrimination, violations of free speech and religion. Source: Legal challenge launched against government over ‘whitewash’ review of counter-extremism programme | The Independent

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Vogue and female empowerment: The ‘glam-washing’ of counter-extremism | Middle East Eye

Vogue magazine is famed for its pursuit of luxury, runway models, celebrity endorsement and generally lending its column inches to all things vanity.  So it came to my surprise when I stumbled across an article online at British Vogue with the headline “The Women At The Forefront Of The Fight Against Extremism” written by journalist Giles Hattersley on 12 October. Source: Vogue and female empowerment: The ‘glam-washing’ of counter-extremism | Middle East Eye

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Muslim academics criticise Extremism Commission after their studies are “censored” – 5Pillars

A Muslim academic has accused the Commission for Countering Extremism of censorship after his academic paper wasn’t published as part of a high-profile extremism report released earlier this week. Sadek Hamid told 5Pillars that he feels as though the Commission, headed by the controversial Sara Khan, has censored him and that his study’s omission is […] Source: Muslim academics criticise Extremism Commission after their studies are “censored” – 5Pillars

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Brexit crisis: How Britain’s political leaders embraced extremism | Middle East Eye

CAGE used to get called extremist by British parliamentarians. Now, they’re hurling the term at each other When I came up with the portmanteau “Brextremist” – for British politicians who hold extreme views on exiting the European Union – I thought it was original. I was wrong. The term was first coined by Chuka Umunna MP in 2017. In 2015, CAGE submitted a report to the Commons select committee on the inquiry into extremism. CAGE director Dr Adnan Siddiqui gave evidence in-person to the committee in the hope of fostering understanding and a way forward. Instead of listening to that evidence, however, the committee sought to interrogate him and accuse CAGE of being “apologists for extremism”. Source: Brexit crisis: How Britain’s political leaders embraced extremism | Middle East Eye

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Third of Britons believe Islam threatens British way of life, says report | World news | The Guardian

Anti-Muslim prejudice replacing immigration as key driver of far-right growth More than a third of people in the UK believe that Islam is a threat to the British way of life, according to a report by the anti-fascist group Hope not Hate. The organisation’s annual “State of Hate” report, which will be launched on Monday, argues that anti-Muslim prejudice has replaced immigration as the key driver of the growth of the far right. In polling conducted by the group in July last year, 35% of people thought Islam was generally a threat to the British way of life, compared with 30% who thought it was compatible. Forty-nine per cent of those who voted Conservative in the 2017 general election thought it was generally incompatible, and 22% of Labour voters agreed. Source: Third of Britons believe Islam threatens British way of life, says report | World news | The Guardian

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Reforming the Prevent strategy won’t work. It must be abolished | Ilyas Nagdee | Opinion | The Guardian

A secret counter-terror database? I’ve experienced the Prevent programme firsthand – so nothing surprises me, says former NUS officer Ilyas Nagdee The first-year law student too afraid to pick human rights law as a module at university. The student officer told to hand over a list of members of the Islamic society. One thing binds these together: the Prevent duty. This week the Guardian revealed that counter-terror police across the UK have been running a secret centralised database containing the details of the thousands of individuals who have been referred to Prevent, the government’s counter-radicalisation programme. Many of them, on the government’s own terms, were unworthy of referral – but fell victim to an increasing climate of suspicion. Source: Reforming the Prevent strategy won’t work. It must be abolished | Ilyas Nagdee | Opinion | The Guardian