The Daily Mail reports that the government is set to introduce a new bill with a raft of measures to counter muslim extremism.
Among those measures is the enabling of TV pre broadcast censorship. Ofcom is to be given given extended powers to suspend
broadcasts deemed to include unacceptable extremist material .
The Daily Mail article also reveals that a covert Home Office unit has been established to influence the views of young British Muslims using online propaganda tools. The secret
campaign aims to bring about attitudinal and behavioural change and a different voice from Islamic State's persuasive online propaganda.
The Research, Information and Communications Unit (Ricu) had one initiative in which it advertised
itself as a campaign providing advice on how to raise funds for Syrian refugees. Employees had face-to-face conversations with students without them knowing it was a government programme. The official description of the group is:
Established in 2007, the Research Information and Communications Unit (RICU) is a cross-departmental strategic communications body based at the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism (OSCT) at the Home Office. RICU aims to
coordinate government-wide communication activities to counter the appeal of violent extremism while promoting stronger grass-roots inter-community relations.
Offsite Comment: Government floundering with a legal
definition of 'extremism'
th May 2016. See article from freethinker.co.uk
It's now reported by the Guardian that the counter-extremism bill, cast as the centrepiece of Cameron's legacy programme of legislation, is floundering
because the government can't seem to find a legally robust definition of extremism.
It is understood that the bill, to be announced in the Queen's speech on 18 May, has been through dozens of drafts and Whitehall
officials are still struggling to find a definition of extremist that will not be immediately challenged in the courts.
See the full article from freethinker.co.uk