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Taskforce's proposals on how to tackle extremism

A taskforce set up by David Cameron in the wake of soldier Lee Rigby's killing has made several proposals on how to tackle extremism in the UK, among their suggestions are:

  • Giving more support to places facing the biggest integration challenges, especially those communities where extremism is a particular problem
  • Working with internet companies to restrict access to terrorist material online which is hosted overseas
  • Improving the process for the public to report extremist content online
  • Ensuring prisoners who have demonstrated extremist views in prison receive intervention and support on release
  • Make delivery of the Channel programme, which supports individuals at risk of being radicalised, a legal requirement in England and Wales
  • Considering if there is a case for new types of order to ban groups which seek to undermine democracy or use hate speech

PM: Tragic killings a 'wake-up call' to tackle extremisim

David Cameron said the killing of soldier Lee Rigby and the murder of Mohammed Saleem by an Islamophobic extremist were "wake-up calls" for the government to take action against extremism.

This summer we saw events that shocked the nation with the horrific killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham.

These tragedies were a wake-up call for Government and wider society to take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centres or universities.

I have been absolutely clear that this is not something we should be afraid to address for fear of cultural sensitivities. We have already put in place some of the toughest terrorism prevention controls in the democratic world, but we must work harder to defeat the radical views which lead some people to embrace violence.

The taskforce I set up has proposed a broad range of measures to counter the extremist narrative and I will make sure they are taken forward.

– David Cameron


Taskforce proposes new measures to tackle extremism

New measures aimed at tackling hate preachers and extremist websites have been proposed by a taskforce set up by David Cameron in the wake of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby at Woolwich barracks.

David Cameron set-up the taskforce after the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. Credit: PA

The proposals include a new Terror and Extremism Behaviour Order which would allow authorities to take action against people seeking to radicalise others is a similar way to Asbos.

Other measures could include filters to block radical websites - even if they are hosted abroad - and new powers to deal with organisations which raise funds for terror or spread extremist messages under the guise of charities.

Activities which radicalise others and not simply violent extremism itself is the problem that must be tackled, a report by the taskforce, which is led by Home Secretary Theresa May, said.

The Prime Minister unveiled the proposals during his visit to China and said he wanted to see "an end to hate preaching in Britain" and left no doubt that he intends to implement the recommendations of the report.