Thanks to the Gaza conflict, London “is facing the risk of attack”, the MET’s counter-terrorism chief told the Evening Standard, while claiming “a substantial jump” in Prevent referrals ahead of official statistics due for release soon.
As part of a Palestine Uncensored blog series at Verso Books, these two letters by a young teacher, who works in a school in London, are addressed to her students and her colleagues and concern Prevent.
From self-censorship to democratic disengagement, the real impact of Prevent on young people should be causing the government to reconsider Prevent – so, why are they only increasing the pressure?
New Prevent guidelines for responsible authorities will be severely tested by the fallout from the military actions in Israel-Palestine.
Here’s what students, staff and parents can expect this 2023-4 academic year after the Home Office accepted all of Shawcross’s recommendations.
In a shocking free speech violation, students have had their university essays investigated by counter-terrorism police and faced questioning by staff under Prevent, reports The Independent. Campaigners and experts warn that free speech is being stifled on campus and trust destroyed because of the “overzealous” Prevent programme, with students and lecturers becoming “suspects and informants”. Freedom of Information requests reveal that academic materials have been flagged in response to the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy – but it is understood that no action has been taken against students. Read more at The Independent Related… What we can expect from Prevent in the new academic year (Expert View, 2023) Higher Education, Prevent and Academic Freedom in the UK (Book Chapter, 2023) The People’s Review of Prevent (Report, 2023)
This is a statement by Netpol about how a 14-year-old Derbyshire boy was labelled a ‘domestic extremist’, because he said in class that he is an anti-fascist.
London – A new report by the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is an academically flawed attempt to remould Islamic belief and silence Muslim voices that challenge repressive state policies. Blair, commonly known for being funded by despots, is now attempting to cast himself as the authority on what is acceptable and unacceptable dissent within the framework of his cash cow, the ‘War on Terror’. The report uses the disbanded Al-Muhajiroun (ALM) as a baseline for “extremist” beliefs, and the authors tar anyone who approximates similar talking points as illegitimate, a superficial guilt-by-association without any actual contextual examination or rigorous academic enquiry. Read more
This is the case of QS, a six-year-old referred to Prevent for a comment he first heard on the ‘Horrible Histories’ TV series.
This brief for students on confronting counter-extremism and censorship on campus, was put together by Students not Suspects and was the first of its kind.