London: In a bid to check homegrown terrorism, British Government planned to take stern action to eliminate foreign hate preachers.

“The new strategy will see tough action to exclude foreign hate preachers and a greater effort to tackle extremist ideologies, including work with individuals in mainstream to ensure moderate voices are heard,” the Home Secretary Theresa May said in the House of Commons.

Other measures proposed include “How to tackle miuse of  Internet by terrorist and radicals including  filtering of unlawful content by public bodies such as schools and libraries; and work with industry and international partners to crack down on unlawful content hosted in the UK and overseas.

May said action would be taken to build upon the success of the multi-agency Channel programme, which identifies and supports people at risk of radicalization.

The Home Secretary said the new “Prevent” programme would deal with all forms of terrorism and target not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularize views which terrorists exploit.

Besides, the programme would ensure government funding and support cannot reach organizations with extremist views that do not support mainstream British values, challenge the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it.

It will support sectors and institutions, including universities and prisons, where there are risks of radicalization and draw on existing successful programmes to protect vulnerable individuals from being drawn into terrorism.

May said: “Prevent” is an integral part of our counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

“Our new Prevent strategy will challenge extremist ideology help protect institutions from extremists, and tackle the radicalization of vulnerable people. And we will not fund or work with organizations that do not subscribe to the core values of our society.

“Above all, it will tackle threat from home-grown terrorism.”  The new strategy was published alongside a detailed review of past Prevent work and an assessment of the extent and causes of radicalization in this country and overseas.

Government will also ensure closer work with the Charity Commission to investigate allegations of terrorist activity or links.

Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of the Prevent review, said: “This new Prevent strategy has my full support. It provides a template for challenging the extremist ideas and terrorist actions which seek to undermine the rule of law and fundamental British political values and institutions.

“Its tone is clear and its policy compelling. It offers a positive message for mutual respect, tolerance and liberty.”

(Agencies)