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    For months, Ipso has been working on a new project: an ‘informal working group’ to guide journalists on what should and shouldn’t be said about Islam and Muslims. Drafts of this guidance have been leaked to Policy Exchange by someone concerned about where it might lead, and it is examined in a new study by the thinktank called Eroding the Free Press. I can disclose it here for the first time.


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    The question remains: how is it that a prisoner considered  one minute that he has to be kept apart from murderers, is the next considered safe enough by the justice system to be released into the public? The answer is the limitations of the law. Choudary was sentenced to five and a half years for encouraging British Muslims to join Islamic State. Jurors heard that he had sworn an oath of allegiance to the terrorist group, a moment described by the Metropolitan Police as a “turning point”, since at last they had evidence that he had stepped over the line into outright criminality.


    What the report authors – including a Tory and Labour MP – argued for was that the law should provide for more severe punishment in view of the true nature of the wrong: a new offence, which would revive the ancient law of treason. This change is urgently required. Between 2006 and 2017, some 193 people were given prison sentences for terrorism offences – . (The figure actually understates the number of convicted terrorists due to be released in the near future, given that prisoners can be released half way through their sentences.)

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