HATE PREACHERS FACING TV AND INTERNET BAN TO STEM THE TIDE OF TERRORISM – The British Government are planning to introduce new laws that would make it illegal for TV companies, such as the BBC and ITV to interview Islamic hate clerics, such as Anjem Choudary and could even force Google to block all extremist websites in the UK.
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Should we ban Muslim hate clerics from voicing their opinions? Have your say… leave your comments below.
According to the reports coming in Theresa May, the British Home Secretary condemned the BBC and other broadcasters, such as ITV and Channel 4 News, for giving the likes of Anjem Choudary airtime to give his vile views on condoning the murder of Lee Rigby.
In one interview, BBC Newsnight, Choudary continuously dodged the question as to whether he supported the terrorist murder and while he never actually admitted sanctioning such an act it was clear that he felt Michael Adebolajo, the Islamic extremist who carried out the murder, was indeed a hero of Muslims.
Left: Anjem Choudary, Islamic Hate Preacher | Right: Theresa May, British Home Secretary
In the wake of such insensitivity, not only for the nation but also for Lee’s family, Theresa May is suggesting that Ofcom could be given new and sweeping powers that would prevent any airtime or internet presence to Muslim hate preachers.
It was Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat and Deputy Prime Minister that vetoed the Data Communications Bill and was therefore taken out of the Queen’s Speech during the opening of Parliament.
There are many MPs that feel that Nick Clegg made a grave error of judgement considering the murder of Lee Rigby; however it must be said that hindsight is a wonderful thing and unfortunately there is no method that allows us to look into the future.
The Data Communications Bill would allow security services to monitor every email, phone call and social network message by everyone in the country and became widely known as the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’.
As a defender of free speech I have mixed feeling regarding the regulations that Theresa May is proposing.
Left: Anjem Choudary, Islamic Hate Preacher, spreading his messages of Jihad against the innocent.
On one hand I agree that it is long overdue that we cut off Islamic extremist communications so they are unable to spread their messages of hate that calls for the murder of innocent people.
On the other hand I wonder how far the Government could take this in order to gag the rest of us.
I have to admit I have not taken the time to read through the Data Communications Bill but on the basis that our Government could simply be permitted to spy on any of us is nothing less than an infringement on our liberty.
We have already witnessed attempts by Lord Leveson and the Hacked-Off group to implement what is nothing less than a gagging order for the Press which would severely restrict what could be published.
While I am, and always will be a staunch defender of free speech, I do agree that some things should not be allowed airtime and hate preaching should be one of them. After all there are discrimination laws that prevent me from racially attacking Muslims and therefore a change in Ofcom powers appears to be a fair solution to the problems we face.
If you have any insights into the Data Communications Bill feel free to leave your views below.
Whatever your views on the Home Secretary’s proposals it must be recognised that in order to reduce, or dare I say eradicate, terrorism within the UK will take radical steps and this maybe just the time and solution we need.