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Sunday, 2 June 2013

BBC: Viewpoints: How should radicalisation be tackled?

I was interviewed by the BBC on the recent Woolwich attacks and how radicalisation should be tackled. Here's what  I said:

"The media don't help the situation. If you look at how they covered the aftermath of the Woolwich attack, they were demonising Muslims and were Islamaphobic. 

Muslim communities in Britain want consistency in the media coverage. There are children being killed by Western soldiers in Afghanistan and there is little or no coverage about that. It makes people feel angry. There's no avenue for them to act in a democratic way, because the government doesn't listen to Muslim communities.

This could lead vulnerable people into radicalisation. It's not the only avenue, but it's a danger for some.
The government's Prevent policy to tackle extremism was rushed through after 7/7 and it has proved to be ineffective in combating home-grown terrorism at the community level.

They need to tackle the root causes of radicalisation in communities through more community cohesion, employment opportunities and a way out of the communities people are trapped in. 

There also needs to be a lot more interaction between Muslim and non-Muslim communities through more education and awareness. 

There are extremist voices on both sides, and they're the ones getting heard in the media. There's no middle ground. The real voices aren't coming out and that's what needs to be tackled."

View my statement and other viewpoints on the BBC website.

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1 comment:

  1. I entered this blog after reading the article from bbc. I really liked. It is great to be able to see these problems through a different point of view. Congratulations!