David Cameron is about to redefine what it means to be an ‘extremist’ in Britain
Prime Minister David Cameron is set to unveil a new counter-terrorism bill on Wednesday that is expected to place major restrictions on organisations and individuals who authorities believe could pose a “threat to the functioning of democracy,” according to a statement from the Conservative party.
In his Queen’s speech on Wednesday, Cameron is expected to announce that the new measures will extend existing police powers to clamp down on “harmful activities” of extremists, the statement said.
To do this, it will extend the legal definition of “harmful” from “public disorder, a risk of harassment, alarm or distress” to also include activities deemed to be for the “purpose of overthrowing democracy.” More specifics on the types of activities considered to be promoting militant ideologies were not provided.
Those subject to anti-terrorism orders will be prevented from broadcasting and must run any written material that they are seeking to publish past the police first. The bill will also give the police the ability to shut down premises that are being used to spread extremism, including mosques.