UK: Fighting Islamist extremism on university campuses

PublicServiceEurope.com 19 November 2012
By Justin Stares

It is not easy to moderate hate-filled speeches when British students consider the United Kingdom government to be Islamophobic. PublicServiceEurope.com talks to Student Rights, the organisation left to pick up the pieces of a broken policy

Rupert Sutton's core business is monitoring Facebook groups - around 130 of them. He is on the lookout for signs of radicalism on British university campuses, mainly from "Islamist elements". As a researcher for Student Rights, a "non-partisan group dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and freedom from extremism", he gets tip-offs from atheist contacts and others in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community regarding visiting speakers. His goal, he says, is to ensure students attending these events get a balanced - and therefore less extremist - message. (continue reading...)