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Free speech & the law: Public Order – Index on Censorship Index on Censorship

Under the Human Rights Act 1998, police officers must respect people’s right to freedom of expression guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). However, Article 10 of the convention states that restrictions on people’s free expression rights may be justified on the grounds of preventing disorder or crime, protecting public safety and protecting the rights of others Source: Free speech & the law: Public Order – Index on Censorship Index on Censorship

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Counter terror police: Muslims who say they’re oppressed could be extremists – 5Pillars

Counter terror police in south-east England have issued official guidance suggesting that “Muslims who believe they are oppressed” could be a sign of extremism. The Metro reports that they issued a 12-page document titled “Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism,” which lists a number of groups and examples of “extremist or worrying behaviour to look for.” In reference to the banned group Al Muhajiroun the document states: “What you might see and hear: ‘Al Muhajiroun promotes the view that Muslims are persecuted in the UK by the government and media. You may hear someone state this view or voice concern for oppressed Muslims in other countries.” Source: Counter terror police: Muslims who say they’re oppressed could be extremists – 5Pillars

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‘We are not neo-Nazis’: Anti-arms group placed on UK’s counter-terror watch list | Middle East Eye

An anti-arms group that has campaigned for Britain to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia has been placed on a controversial counter-extremism watch list that is used by British police to identify potential extremists. The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which has lodged a number of legal challenges against Britain for its sales of arms to Saudi Arabia, was placed on the Prevent watch list alongside other non-violent environmental groups and neo-Nazi groups, the group said in a statement on Friday. Other organisations that were placed on the list include environmental groups Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace. CAAT’S inclusion on the counter terror list was only discovered after the Guardian revealed that British police were sharing a document used as part of training for the controversial Prevent strategy. Source: ‘We are not neo-Nazis’: Anti-arms group placed on UK’s counter-terror watch list | Middle East Eye

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Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list | UK news | The Guardian

A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups as well as neo-Nazis, the Guardian has learned. The guide, produced by Counter Terrorism Policing, is used across England as part of training for Prevent, the anti-radicalisation scheme designed to catch those at risk of committing terrorist violence. Last week, police said documents uncovered by the Guardian that listed the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) alongside far-right extremists and jihadists were a local error. Source: Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list | UK news | The Guardian

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Free speech & the law: Counter Terrorism – Index on Censorship Index on Censorship

Counter-terrorism laws seek to address the application of “violence for political ends”. It is the “political ends” element that makes these laws interact so frequently with free expression rights, as the law tries to clamp down on expressions of sympathy with terrorist organisations and ideologies, as well as any resulting violence. Source: Free speech & the law: Counter Terrorism – Index on Censorship Index on Censorship

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‘End Prevent’: UK government faces new calls to drop counter-terrorism strategy | Middle East Eye

The British government is facing fresh calls to abolish its Prevent strategy amid uncertainty over the future of its own suspended review of the contentious counter-terrorism programme.More than 100 academics, activists and public figures opposed to the strategy on Friday published a statement calling for the government to end Prevent and set out an “alternative approach” to rebuild relations with communities marginalised by counter-terrorism policies.Signatories of the statement include Magid Magid, a member of the European Parliament; Zamzam Ibrahim, the president of the National Union of Students; Remy Mohamed, the president of the Association of Muslim Lawyers; and acclaimed poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, as well as many academics researching counter-terrorism policies. Source: ‘End Prevent’: UK government faces new calls to drop counter-terrorism strategy | Middle East Eye

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Counter-terror police are quashing dissent | New Internationalist

Extinction Rebellion is not the first protest group to find itself labelled a threat because of alleged ‘extreme or violent ideologies’ and sadly it is unlikely to be the last.Over the past decade, Netpol (Network for Policy Monitoring) has documented unwarranted attention and intensive surveillance by UK counter-terrorism police across a wide range of social and political movements: from anti-fascists, anti-arms trade campaigners and individuals involved in international solidarity (especially for the Kurds and Palestinians), to opponents of fracking, open-cast mining, airport expansion and groups resisting immigration deportations.Perhaps unsurprisingly, this ongoing list also extends to campaigners who oppose authoritarian counter-terrorism laws and police spying on legitimate political dissent. Source: Counter-terror police are quashing dissent | New Internationalist

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‘How dare they’ – Extinction Rebellion responds to terrorism slur by Police – Extinction Rebellion

How dare they. Children up and down the country are desperately fighting for a future. Teachers, grandparents, nurses have been trying their best with loving nonviolence to get politicians and big business to do something about the dire state of our planet.And this is how the Establishment responds. [1]In a world of misinformation, where lies travel faster than the truth, we can’t help but wonder was this a deliberate attempt to silence a legitimate cause. Wouldn’t it be nice if they focused on the real extremists, the fossil fuel companies and those that do their bidding. Source: ‘How dare they’ – Extinction Rebellion responds to terrorism slur by Police – Extinction Rebellion

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Non-violent protesters are not terrorists and it’s time the police accepted that | Kevin Blowe | Opinion | The Guardian

riti Patel probably thought she was helping when she tried to defend counter-terrorism police from the condemnation that followed last week’s story in the Guardian revealing the inclusion of Extinction Rebellion (XR) in a guide on supposed “extreme or violent ideologies”.The document has apparently now been withdrawn. Nevertheless, the home secretary’s insistence that the police always make decisions based on the “risk to the public, security risks, security threats” does inevitably lead to an obvious, unanswered question. If she is right, how exactly did Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), which wrote and published the guide, manage to make what even it admits was a significant “error of judgment”? Source: Non-violent protesters are not terrorists and it’s time the police accepted that | Kevin Blowe | Opinion | The Guardian

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Police recall guidance listing ‘Muslim beliefs’ as signs of extremism | Metro News

Counter terror police are recalling official guidance which suggested that ‘Muslims who believe they are oppressed’ could be a sign of extremism.Human rights groups condemned the 12-page document produced by counter terrorism police in south-east England for undermining ‘free expression and discrimination’.Titled ‘Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism’, the document lists a number of groups and examples of ‘extremist or worrying behaviour to look for’. Source: Police recall guidance listing ‘Muslim beliefs’ as signs of extremism | Metro News