Tower Hamlets Council rejects bid to divert an extra £300k into anti-extremism programmes

2019-02-22T16:38:14+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|Prevent in the News|

At a full council meeting, Liberal Democrat Rabina Khan, supported by two Conservatives members, tabled a budget amendment that would see cash taken from the communications budget and given to the Prevention of Violent Extremism Family Support Team. The motion was submitted last minute after the publicity surrounding IS teenager Shamima Bergum – one of

Clicking on terrorist propaganda even once could mean 15 years in prison under new law

2019-02-15T22:53:58+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Prevent in the News|

Anyone who views terrorist propaganda once online can be jailed for up to 15 years under new laws that have sparked human rights concerns. MPs had urged the government to scrap plans to criminalise viewing “information useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”, which goes further than much-used laws that made

Home Office urged to release leftwing extremism report

2019-02-15T22:51:00+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Prevent in the News|

The Home Office is facing calls to release a report called Leftwing Activism and Extremism in the UK, which has been prepared by its extremism analysis unit (EAU). Jenny Jones, one of several politicians and activists whose inclusion on a domestic extremist database previously caused a furore, are among those expressing concerns about the report

CAGE: Data ‘leak’ at campus event proves Prevent is about silencing speech and spying on students

2019-02-08T14:38:17+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Prevent in the News|

London – CAGE is alarmed that attendees to an Islamophobia Awareness Month event at Kingston University had their data ‘leaked’ – in a serious breach of data protection – to PREVENT. Students have long campaigned against PREVENT and the subsequent securitisation of campuses, which has stifled students’ ability to organise on their campuses. Read more

It’s Time to Close Down the Police’s “Domestic Extremism” Databases

2019-02-08T14:34:08+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Prevent in the News|

A European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgment in January, in a case brought by veteran peace campaigner John Catt, is extremely significant for the future of protest surveillance. For seven years John has argued that the decision by the police to retain extensive surveillance data about him on the secretive National Domestic Extremism Database

Critics of Prevent strategy told to ‘share criticisms’ and suggest ways it could be improved

2019-02-08T14:30:25+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Prevent in the News|

A forthcoming review of the Prevent anti-terror programme is an opportunity for long-standing critics to "stand up and be counted", a chief constable has said. Simon Cole, the national policing lead for the scheme, challenged those who have complained of a "lack of independent analysis and oversight" to use their chance to influence policy and

Police challenge Prevent critics to ‘stand up and be counted’

2019-02-08T12:51:26+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Prevent in the News|

An upcoming review of the Prevent anti-terrorism programme is an opportunity for long-standing critics to “stand up and be counted”, a chief constable has said. Simon Cole, the national policing lead for the scheme, challenged those who have complained of a “lack of independent analysis and oversight” to use their chance to influence policy and

Free speech to be protected at university

2019-02-08T12:49:15+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Prevent in the News|

New guidance that will protect lawful free speech and empower students and universities has been unveiled by ten leading organisations to ensure campuses still remain a forum for open and robust enquiry. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has collaborated with leading organisations from across the sector to develop new guidance to be used by

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