Extremism on the airwaves

Extremism on the Airwaves examines the current policy challenges in tackling extremist abuse of broadcast media. The report includes: an assessment of the legal and regulatory framework employed by Ofcom, the body responsible for regulating broadcast media; past cases illustrating the use of sanctions against channels that air extremist content; case studies demonstrating the benefits extremists reap from using broadcast media aside from airing extreme views, such as building credibility or fundraising; and policy recommendations to address the challenges identified. The report finds that airing extreme content is only one way in which Islamist extremists use broadcast media to further their agenda. While Ofcom continue to improve their ability to regulate against extreme content, a key challenge for future legislation and regulation will be to deal with the non-content-based abuse of broadcasting by extremists.

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