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UK government hires M&C Saatchi to fight far-right threat

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Staff Writer | February 7, 2017
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Living in Britain   Growing far-right movement

The advertising giant M&C Saatchi is working with the UK government to tackle racist myths perpetuated online by the far right.

The dangers posed to Britain by continental Europe’s growing far-right movement are also being monitored by a secretive anti-subversion section of Whitehall, as part of Theresa May’s £60m fight against extremism, the Times reports.

The Times uncovered evidence of the government’s crackdown on rightwing extremism following freedom of information requests.

It quoted an insider as saying that the government would challenge “people who read Breitbart and stuff like that, the conspiratorial media”.

Anti-hate speech experts said the Home Office would challenge propaganda from the far right by using social media.

Mosques in need of protection from far-right extremists are likely to be key beneficiaries from a £2m security programme for places of worship.


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