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Simon Perfect discusses extreme speakers and whether or not their speeches at British universities are being properly monitored. 28/01/2019
Simon Perfect joins BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme to discuss extreme speakers, with the Henry Jackson Society, and whether or not their speeches at British universities are being properly monitored.
The episode is available here in full and listen from 16.28 for the discussion.
Simon has also co–written a related blog, ‘Students are the future of democracy: don’t muzzle them’, with an excerpt featured below.
In a recent report, the Henry Jackson Society lists 204 events at universities in the 2017–18 academic year it claims featured “speakers with a history of extreme or intolerant views, or representatives of extremist–linked organisations”.
This amounts, in its view, to an “industrial–scale failure by universities to apply their Prevent duties”, despite (as it acknowledges) the Office for Students reporting that 97% of universities are complying with their Prevent obligations.
What to make of this? Definitions are crucial in this debate. By the time you’ve read this piece I hope you will have a clearer idea of how the government understands extremism, although the official definition is still unclear. This only goes to show that the recently announced review of Prevent is timely and that the HJS’s so–called ‘extremism league table’ is nonsense.
Read the blog in full on Wonkhe website here.
Simon is a Researcher at Theos. He is also a researcher and tutor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he leads distance–learning courses exploring Muslim communities in Britain and in other minority settings. He is co–author of the book Freedom of Speech in Universities: Islam, Charities and Counter–terrorism (Routledge, 2021).
Posted 28 January 2019
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