Index on Censorship report on free speech on campuses erases the Muslim experience

2018-12-07T20:38:04+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

The Index on Censorship report into freedom of expression at universities ignores the experience of Muslims, who are facing the brunt of institutional policies to quell their right to free speech, in what amounts to a total erasure of their voice and experiences on campuses. The report arrives at some agreeable conclusions, and takes into consideration the

Questionnaire: The Education Sector & Government Policies

2018-12-07T20:34:02+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

This questionnaire is part of a doctoral research project by Max Weedon at the University of the West of England, Bristol.  Full details about this project can be found on the information sheet attached to this survey here. The aim of this questionnaire is to find out more about the views of education professionals regarding the effects of two UK government policies:

Government’s counterterrorism is limiting texts and topics students can access, experts say

2018-12-07T20:31:23+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

A counterterrorism strategy has created a “culture of fear” across UK universitieswhere freedom of expression and open debate is being stifled, experts and campaigners warn. The government’s Prevent duty, which requires institutions to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”, is having a “chilling effect” on free speech on campus, critics

Prevent critics ‘on side of extremists,’ says home secretary Sajid Javid

2018-12-07T20:24:58+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

Sajid Javidhas attacked some critics of the government’s Prevent anti-terror scheme for being “on the side of the extremists.” The Home Secretary warned there were organisations putting out propaganda and false information to turn people away from Prevent, which aims to combat radicalisation that might lead people into terrorism. "There are organisations out there that are trying

Discussions around the definitions of Islamophobia skirt the real issues we need to address

2018-12-07T20:21:19+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

London – CAGE is wary of attempts to define Islamophobia that stop short of facing up to the real issues. Discussions around defining Islamophobia have so far failed to acknowledge the significant role of policies like PREVENT and Schedule 7 which are primarily targeted at Muslims and have resulted in institutionalised Islamophobia – and the crucial need

REVEALED: How UK counter-terror unit uses rap, graffiti to target Middle Eastern youth #Media

2018-12-07T20:14:39+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

A secretive British government counter-terrorism propaganda unit is working on campaigns aimed at changing the behaviour and attitudes of young people in the Middle East and North Africa considered to be at risk of becoming violent extremists, Middle East Eye can reveal. The campaigns, which have so far run in Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon, use

The Prevent Duty undermines the very notions upon which universities were first built

2018-11-16T16:08:46+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

We owe the moral, political and intellectual progress of our species more than anything to individuals whose beliefs or values were sharply at odds with those prevalent at the time. Ockham, Machiavelli, Luther, Giordano Bruno, Galileo, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Voltaire - these all stand in this tradition, and at the head of it there

University of Reading incident raises alarm over implementation of Prevent

2018-11-16T16:05:33+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

“The fundamental question we must ask our universities is: ‘How will you preserve and uphold the rights and freedoms of students and faculty to speech and thought this Duty directly targets and diminishes?’”, said Dr Mezna Qato, a junior research fellow at King’s. Earlier this week, students at the University of Reading were advised to

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