UK govt asks varsities to openly challenge extremist speakers


Originally published in Times of India

In a bid to prevent radicalisation of in UK universities, the government has said the varsities can invite extremist speakers for campus gatherings only if they are to be openly challenged by a counter speaker.

As per the new counter terrorism proposals agreed by the government aims to prevent radicalisation of students says such “high risk” meetings should be banned if there is any doubt of the “risk of drawing people into terrorism”, The Guardian reports.

Henry Jackson Society, a think-tank in UK, also says the definition of ‘extremist’ under the new guidelines includes speakers who suggest that there is a western ‘war’ against Islam.

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