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TV Discussion: Extremism in universities and the organisation "Student Rights"

Summary

Transmitted 27 March 2014. Posted 14 April 2014.

On 27 March 2014 the Islam Channel's "Analysis" programme was devoted to developments at universities. The first half was devoted to issues of extremism, and in particular the organisation "Student Rights" which claims to counter it. Hilary Aked has written about that organisation's close connection with the Henry Jackson Society.

The programme was chaired by Amjad Saleem and in this half the panel comprised:

During the discussion, I stated that in my view there is an issue with unacceptable speakers on university campuses. The university authorities are ultimately responsible for deciding who may speak on their premises. I have proposed a government register of hate preachers which would assist them.

However I do not consider the organisation "Student Rights" can credibly classify which speakers are unacceptable. Even today (14 April 2014) the Student Rights website does not adequately report its connections with the Henry Jackson Society, merely listing Dr. Alan Mendoza, Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society as one of the members of Student Rights's Advisory Board.

The full 17 minute discussion can be watched below.

 

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