Hate Preachers Face Ban From British TV… and Google Could be Forced by Law to Block Extremist Websites

I could not agree more!

It is my personal conviction that people who want to spread messages of hate should not facilitated by the mass media. Yes these people have a right to say what  they please but the media owes the world a duty NOT to publicize inciting or incendiary material by any cult, creed, religion, or belief.

Material with the potential to stir up religious or racial tensions, intolerance or hate MUST NOT be published. We have known this in Nigeria for a long time, wonder when the civilized western media will catch up?

The mass media should not be concerned with just putting out EVERY PIECE OF INFORMATION they get. What our work actually entails is weighing the import on the public, of the content we aim to put out. It should involve a certain degree of INFORMATION MANAGEMENT so that at all times the PUBLIC INTEREST is protected. Why is this sooooo hard to do?

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  • Home Secretary Theresa May condemned BBC and other broadcasters for interviewing extremist Anjem Choudary
  • Ofcom is expected to win powers to stop hate preachers appearing on TV
  • The move is the most dramatic attempt to gag extremists since the 1988 ban on IRA spokesmen being heard on television

By TIM SHIPMAN

Hate preachers will be banned from British television, Theresa May signalled last night.

The Home Secretary condemned the BBC and other broadcasters for interviewing ‘disgusting’ extremist cleric Anjem Choudary after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

In a dramatic escalation of the rules on hate preachers, Mrs May said she will ask broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to step in.

Anjem Choudary                               Theresa May
 Home Secretary Theresa May (right) condemned the BBC and other broadcasters for interviewing extremist cleric Anjem Choudary (left) after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby 

Under plans to be drawn up by a new task force on extremism, Ofcom is expected to win powers to stop hate preachers appearing on television.

At the moment the quango has the power to intervene only after an inappropriate broadcast has been made.

The move is the most dramatic attempt to gag those who peddle extremist views since the Thatcher government’s 1988 ban on IRA spokesmen being heard on television, which led to the words of Gerry Adams being read out by an actor.

The family of Adebolajo, pictured during a 2007 march in London, said he was harassed by MI5 in the months before the attackThe family of Adebolajo, pictured during a 2007 march in London, said he was harassed by MI5 in the months before the attack

As the backlash against British-based preachers of hate intensified:

  • A Mail probe revealed that hundreds of videos encouraging extremism can be found on YouTube using Google searches, and Mrs May threatened internet giants with legislation unless they removed them;
  • A new row erupted over the so-called ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ – with a string of politicians saying the doomed surveillance legislation should be revived;
  •  Mrs May warned that thousands of extremists in Britain are ‘on the path’ towards terrorist acts;
  •  Police made four further arrests in 24 hours, raising fears that a far larger terror cell may have been operating in London
  •  Officials in Kenya – where Woolwich killer Michael Adebolajo was arrested in 2010 – claimed Britain ignored their warnings more than two years ago.

Most dramatically of all, the Home Secretary and senior officials indicated the Government wants to censor broadcasters from carrying interviews in which militants incite hate.

Mrs May said it was inappropriate to interview Choudary – who helped form the now-banned Islamist groups Al-Muhajiroun and Al Ghurabaa and is accused of helping to radicalise several terrorists – in the wake of Drummer Rigby’s death.

Mrs May said it was inappropriate to interview Choudary in the wake of Drummer Rigby¿s deathMrs May said it was inappropriate to interview Choudary in the wake of Drummer Rigby¿s death

Adebolajo, right, is pictured at an English Defence League march in 2009Adebolajo, right, is pictured at an English Defence League march in 2009

Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, South East London, was named last night as one of the suspects shot by police after the brutal murder of Lee RigbyMichael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, south-east London, with a knife in his hand at the scene where Lee Rigby was stabbed to death

Choudary, 46, described Adebolajo as a man of ‘impeccable character’ in interviews with BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News last week. Mrs May said: ‘I think Anjem Choudary has disgusting views and I think it is right that we look at how those views are being presented.

‘There were many people who did indeed say, “What is the BBC doing interviewing Anjem Choudary?”’

A senior Home Office official said: ‘This is an issue the task force will now need to look at – whether a public service broadcaster thinks it is right to give a platform to views like this.’

Drummer Lee Rigby from the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who was hacked to death in Woolwich Drummer Lee Rigby from the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who was hacked to death in Woolwich

The move could put Mrs May on a fresh collision course with the Liberal Democrats, who have already blocked her attempts to beef up the surveillance powers of the security services.

One Lib Dem source described the suggestion as ‘an obvious comparison’ with the gagging of the IRA, which was widely perceived to be a public relations farce for the Government.

The Home Secretary revealed that 2,000 people on ‘the path’ to violence had been intercepted by the authorities since the coalition came to power.

She said there were ‘potentially several thousands’ more, and added: ‘We need to look at the question of whether perhaps we need to have banning orders to ban organisations that don’t meet the threshold for proscription.’

In memory: Members of the armed forces place floral tributes in Woolwich, south east London at the site where Drummer Lee Rigby diedIn memory: Members of the armed forces place floral tributes in Woolwich, south east London at the site where Drummer Lee Rigby died

England's finest: A cross of St George - the patron saint of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - is draped over the floral tributesEngland’s finest: A cross of St George – the patron saint of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – is draped over the floral tributes

In addition, Mrs May said she wanted to reintroduce measures in the Data Communications Bill, which would allow the security services to monitor every email, phone and social network message sent by everyone in the country.

The ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ Bill was dropped from the Queen’s Speech after opposition from the Lib Dems.

  • Generous members of the public have donated almost £1million to Help For Heroes after Drummer Rigby’s execution. The  soldier was wearing a Help For Heroes hooded top when he was murdered.

Culled from nydailynews.com

 

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