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Home Office proposes offence of possessing terrorist propaganda | UK news | The Guardian

A new offence relating to possession of terrorist propaganda that glorifies or encourages extremism could be introduced to toughen up UK anti-terror laws. The Home Office said it was considering fresh legislation in response to the Prevention of Future Deaths Report by Mark Lucraft QC concerning last year’s inquests into the eight people killed in the 2017 London Bridge terrorist attack. The inquests heard that a police raid on the home of the attack ringleader, Khuram Butt, in October 2016 uncovered Isis propaganda about martyrdom and suicide missions in material recovered from his phone and laptop. However there had been no charges. While legislation forbids distribution of extreme material, possession is only criminal if the material is useful in commission of a terrorist act. Source: Home Office proposes offence of possessing terrorist propaganda | UK news | The Guardian

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Putting Extinction Rebellion on extremist list ‘completely wrong’, says Keir Starmer | Environment | The Guardian

Keir Starmer, the Labour leadership frontrunner, has branded a decision by police to include Extinction Rebellion on a list of extreme ideologies as “completely wrong and counterproductive”. The shadow Brexit secretary and former chief prosecutor in England and Wales joined police chiefs in denouncing the move – revealed in the Guardian on Friday – to put XR’s beliefs on the list of ideologies that warrant reporting someone to the Prevent programme, which seeks to stop terror attacks. His condemnation came after the home secretary, Priti Patel, defended the decision, saying it was important to look at “a range of security risks”. Source: Putting Extinction Rebellion on extremist list ‘completely wrong’, says Keir Starmer | Environment | The Guardian

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Extinction Rebellion guidance raises fresh concerns over Prevent | UK news | The Guardian

The now recalled guidance issued by counter-terror police that placed Extinction Rebellion alongside the likes of jihadists and neo-Nazis emerged at a problematic time for the government’s flagship anti-radicalisation programme, Prevent. The voluntary initiative is supposed to be under independent review after years of concerns about its impact on certain communities and on freedom of expression. But just under a year after the review was announced by the Home Office, its chair, Lord Carlile, was forced to step down after a legal challenge to his appointment was brought on grounds of his partiality. The review was set to report back in August this year, but is currently without a leader and the clock is ticking. Source: Extinction Rebellion guidance raises fresh concerns over Prevent | UK news | The Guardian

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‘Indefensible’: Priti Patel condemned for backing police over decision to put Extinction Rebellion on terror list | The Independent

Priti Patel has been condemned for defending anti-terror police following a backlash against a decision to include the environmental group Extinction Rebellion (XR) on a list of extremist ideologies. The home secretary accepted in an interview with LBC that XR was a protest group, not a terror threat, but stopped short of outright criticising the decision and said the government was “constantly looking at individuals and groups”. “They [XR] are obviously a protest organisation. But everything has to be based in terms of risk to the public, security risks, security threats,” Ms Patel said. Source: ‘Indefensible’: Priti Patel condemned for backing police over decision to put Extinction Rebellion on terror list | The Independent

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Extinction Rebellion could sue police over extremist ideology listing | Environment | The Guardian

Extinction Rebellion is threatening legal action against counter-terrorism police for what it said was the illegal listing of the group as an extremist ideology in a guide designed to help stop terrorist violence. The Guardian revealed on Friday that counter-terrorism police had placed the non-violent protest group on a list of extremist ideologies that should be reported to the authorities running the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme. Police now say that was an error. Amnesty International condemned the decision on Saturday as criticism grew and questions remained about how Extinction Rebellion (XR) came to be included in the guide alongside neo-Nazi and terrorist groups. Source: Extinction Rebellion could sue police over extremist ideology listing | Environment | The Guardian