You Tube under fire to curb video content that promotes terrorism

November 14th, 2007 - 10:14 am ICT by admin  
The website has been getting calls regarding its videos after it was established that it was being used to post footage of Islamic fighters with guns and rocket launchers.

You Tube has clarified its stand over the issue with a statement from its spokesman.

“By making it easier for people to express themselves, the web raises cultural and political concerns,” the spokesman said.

“That’s why we make it easy for users to flag content they believe violates our terms and conditions - and where it does, we remove it. We also work with the relevant local legal authorities when it comes to content that may break local laws,” he added.

These videos, available freely on the video sharing site, had been posted by the British group ASWJ, an off-shoot of al-Muhajiroun. This organisation, once led by the radical preacher Omar Bakhri, is now banned in Britain.

The films are part of a growing wealth of extremist material being found on video-sharing sites and the internet which promote a radical agenda to young Muslim men.

This has led to intense discussions among the bureaucracy in Europe.

Gilles de Kerchove, the European Commission’s anti-terrorism coordinator wants to tighten the legislation across the continent to try to target the grooming of young Muslims for terrorism over the internet.

But according to opposition leaders in Britain, there is a legislation already in place to target those promoting violence in the name of Islam. The only problem s that it has not been used till now.

According to David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary,” The Government already has a very broad range of criminal offences to prosecute internet-based extremism and incitement. But we need a Government with the resolve to enforce the criminal law we have - not another tier of legislation from Brussels.”

The EU also has a legislation under planning.

Under its proposal, there would be a criminal offence of “public provocation to commit a terrorist offence,” which would include “the distribution, or otherwise making available, of a message to the public, with the intent to incite” acts of terrorism.

Franco Frattini, the Justice Commissioner who unveiled the EU plans, described the internet as a “virtual training camp for terrorist recruiters and an ideal complement to off-line indoctrination and training.”

“The problem is that it is easy to disguise the locations and who operates the websites and you find that if they go off air, they pop up again on another server in another part of the world,” said Neil Doyle, a specialist on the use of the internet by terrorists.

Though the Home Office has welcomed the new proposals, it has said that Britain already has legislation under the Terrorism Act 2006. It includes offences of “disseminating terror-related knowledge” and “indirect incitement to terrorism”, both of which carry a maximum seven-year sentence.(ANI)

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