Edinburgh Research Explorer

Presenter : Let Extremists Speak!

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Khadijah Elshayyal

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas - The Beltane Engagement Network at the Edinburgh Festival


22 Aug 2016


In the name of safeguarding and security, British counter-terrorism legislation is becoming increasingly restrictive of expression that is deemed to support ‘non-violent extremism’. This restriction of expression seems counter-intuitive to some of our most cherished British liberal values. Researcher Khadijah Elshayyal asks: Can we justify the restriction of free speech and talk about promoting ‘British values’ at the same time? Is restrictive legislation the best approach to tackling the threat of radicalisation in our communities? And, come to that, when did ‘radical’ become such a dirty word?

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