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Extremist Organisations

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 14 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to counter the level of racially biased materials being disseminated by extremist organisations with the aim of increasing prejudice, hatred and violence. [HL4771]

In February 2009, a ministerial seminar agreed a cross-governmental action plan to address community concerns about anti-Semitic and other hate material circulated on the internet. It recognised the challenges and need to balance freedom of speech with a responsibility to tackle illegal material whose purpose is incitement.

The plan is being overseen by the Home Office Minister Alan Campbell and has been incorporated into the cross-governmental Hate Crime Action Plan which is to be launched Autumn 2009.

More broadly, the police and, where necessary, the security services, already monitor and evaluate the words and actions of individuals and organisations preaching racially and religiously inflammatory messages and take action where appropriate.