London | Britain is set to ban extremist preachers from using the internet or working with children as part of its new plan to fight the poison of extremism. In a major speech tomorrow, Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a new strategy to crack down on hate preachers to create a blacklist of radicals and extremist groups subject to banning orders.
The UK will provide an additional 5-million pound funding for charities and groups fighting extremism. We need to systematically confront and challenge extremism and the ideologies that underpin it, exposing the lies and the destructive consequences it leaves in its wake, Cameron said today.
We have to stop this seed of hatred even being planted in people’s minds and cut off the oxygen it needs to grow, he said. The 5 million pounds fund over the next six months will go to moderate Muslim groups and charities in a move to counter the poison peddled by militants. Some of the money will be spent for setting up a newspaper to be run by moderate imams to counteract Islamic State propaganda.
Ministers will also join forces with internet companies to form a group to tackle the proliferation of extremist content online. Cameron will also announce plans for a new extremism bill which will outlaw groups that foment hate, force public sector organisations to boycott those on the blacklist. It will slap extremism disruption orders on those seeking to radicalise young people online, banning them from using the internet or communicating via social media and close mosques where extremist meetings have taken place.
The bill will let employers check whether an individual is an extremist and bar them from working with children, strengthen the powers available to the media regulator to strengthen sanctions against channels that broadcast extremist content or give a platform to hate preachers, the report said. Cameron will also pledge to act on a current review of the operation of sharia courts and announce that new arrivals in the country should respect British values. The extremism strategy will target militants even if they do not specifically advocate violence as well as racists, anti-semites and those who spread conspiracy theories.
Cameron’s remarks have come amid growing concers about youth getting radicalised on-line and attracted towards extremist outfits, especially the dreaded Islamic State group. Extremists have succeeded in using the Internet to target their radical ideology directly at young minds. According to recent research by Quilliam Foundation, a UK-based think-tank, the Islamic State produces 38 pieces of high-quality propaganda every day for its sympathisers and supporters across the world.
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