University of Reading incident raises alarm over implementation of Prevent

“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 take care when reading an essay entitled ‘Our Morals: The Ethics of Revolution’ written by left-wing academic Professor Norman Geras, because it has been marked as ‘sensitive’ under the government’s Prevent legislation, a series of counterrorism measures introduced in 2015.

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