David Cameron to propose web and social media ban on hate preachers

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By The Drum Team | Staff Writer

October 18, 2015 | 2 min read

Hate preachers will be banned from using the internet as part of David Cameron's proposals to clamp down on extremism.

In a speech tomorrow the prime minister will outline a range of measures including "extremism disruption orders” which would ban those seeking to radicalise young people online from using the internet or communicating on social media.

He will also propose revising the powers available to media regulator Ofcom to strengthen sanctions against channels that broadcast extremist content or give a platform to hate preachers, according to the Sunday Times.

Cameron has already pledged £5m towards campaigns and charities committed to providing "credible alternative narratives" to extremist propaganda.

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He said: "We need to systematically confront and challenge extremism and the ideologies that underpin it, exposing the lies and the destructive consequences it leaves in its wake."

Some of the money will be spent setting up a newspaper to be run by moderate imams to counteract Isis propaganda, the Sunday Times reports.

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