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A civil liberties group just won a huge legal victory over five police forces and the Home Office

A civil liberties group has just won an important victory over the Information Commissioner, the Home Office, and five police forces. The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) took the case to challenge a freedom of information request refusal. Netpol wanted to know how many anti-fracking protesters had been referred to the Channel programme. (Channel is part of the government’s controversial Prevent counter-terrorism strategy [pdf] to stop extremism. The strategy was described in a 2017 UN Human Rights Council report as “inherently flawed”.) Read more

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‘Official’ counter-terror document slammed as ‘political propaganda masquerading as public safety information’

An “official” document from British “counter-terrorism” police lists anti-fascists, animal rights campaigners, and supporters of the Kurdish-led anti-terror fighters of the YPG as extremists – alongside neo-nazi and other far-right extremists. The Canary appears to be the first organisation to reveal the existence of this document, entitled Extremist Symbols and Flags. We discovered this document online among training materials for the government’s ‘counter-radicalisation’ Prevent programme. Read more

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Anti-frackers branded ‘domestic extremists’ like jihadists & Neo-Nazis in Prevent program

After a two-year legal battle, suspicions have been confirmed that sections of the British police are targeting anti-fracking campaigners under the counter-terrorism ‘Prevent’ program. The Network for Police Monitoring (NETPOL) announced Wednesday that after two years of a legal battle, the Home Office finally handed over the sought-after training materials used by counter-terrorism officers in its ‘Prevent’ strategy. Read more