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Counter-Extremism Bill: A plot to censor public freedoms?

An all-encompassing, ill-defined, and overly controlling attempt to tackle extremism is counterintuitive and doomed to failure, writes Maria Theodoulou

13 June 2016

The Counter-Extremism Bill, unveiled in the Queen's Speech, has come under attack from many different sections of society.
The Bill seeks to tackle extremist ideology by banning all forms of 'extremist speech'; however, the government has so far failed to produce a workable definition of 'extremism', or at least enough of a definition to make it clear why a new law is, in fact, needed.

Condemned by a coalition
of opponents, the Bill is a clear bid by the government to curb Islamic fundamentalist thought. It has, though, been hidden behind the thin veil of ensuring the country's safety against all forms of extremism.

While the eradication of extremist ideology is clearly
an admirable goal, such an all-encompassing, ill-defined, and overly controlling attempt to tackle the problem is counterintuitive and doomed to failure. Attacks on British v...

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