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UK gov fighting FoI request over involvement in arts ‘counter-terrorism’ propaganda

UK gov fighting FoI request over involvement in arts ‘counter-terrorism’ propaganda

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The British government is attempting to prevent publication of material that would show how counter-extremism propaganda is being channelled covertly through radio dramas broadcast in the UK. Lawyers for the government are resisting an attempt to force disclosure of documents that would expose the role the Home Office’s secretive Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU) has played in the creation and production of supposedly independent radio shows. RICU, part of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) within the Home Office, is known to have been producing and disseminating communications for around a decade as part of the British government’s controversial Prevent strategy. The unit goes to great lengths to obscure the extent of its operations.
Source: UK gov fighting FoI request over involvement in arts ‘counter-terrorism’ propaganda

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