Appointing an Islamophobe to review 'Prevent' won't rebuild trust with the community

Last week, the British government announced that William Shawcross had been appointed to lead an “independent” review of the government’s controversial counter-terrorism policy known as Prevent. The Prevent agenda was set up in 2006 by the British government as part of a wider counter-terrorism strategy known as Contest. The controversial programme has long been criticised by human rights groups for undermining civil liberties and deliberately targeting British Muslims. William Shawcross, the man tasked with reviewing the Islamophobic programme, has his own history of Islamophobia. In 2012, in…

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