Prevent was introduced as part of the government’s post-9/11 counter-terrorism strategy. Instead of being an effective way of genuinely countering extremism, it is rightly perceived as what Baroness Warsi called a “Cold War against British Muslims.” Now it has been given added legitimacy as part of the Counter-terrorism and Security Act (CTS), passed in 2015.
Now CTS is being used to criminalise legitimate dissent. Under the new government this is only going to get worse. Only a few days after the election, David Cameron announced even more sinister powers under this Act – a taste of what’s to come if we don’t challenge this legislation.
This public meeting will bring together a broad range of speakers from different sectors – journalism, politics, arts, education, health. It will be the start of a process of coalition-building across organisations and sectors to engage people in this issue and start challenging the new and serious threats we face.
Tickets are almost sold out for this event, so make sure you get yours today! Register for tickets here.
Hugh Lanning, Chair of PSC
Peter Oborne, Associate Editor of the Spectator
Sally Hunt, General Secretary of UCU (University and College Union)
Karma Nabulsi, Professor at Oxford University
Simon Natas, leading Criminal and Human Rights Lawyer
Jenny Jones, Green Party Assembly Member and Peer
More to be confirmed