Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Social Media Battle; Diplomats Launch Online Fight to Deter Britons from Becoming Jihads in Syria

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Social Media Battle; Diplomats Launch Online Fight to Deter Britons from Becoming Jihads in Syria

Article excerpt

Byline: Cahal Milmo

DIPLOMATS have quietly opened a new front in efforts to stem the flow of Britons travelling to fight in Syria by spending nearly $375,000 on "social media activity" to deter would-be jihads from leaving the UK, The Independent has revealed.

Fighters for al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria's civil war have proved adept at using social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to recruit foreign fighters, with messages and images exhorting young Muslims to join a holy war against Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime.

Now the Foreign and Commonwealth Office aims to counter the pro-jihadi propaganda glorifying the conflict by setting up its own online project to convince British Muslims not to go to Syria.

Documents seen by The IoS show that the FCO was granted $318,250 in urgent funding for "social media activity to deter UK residents from travelling to fight in Syria".

The spending, part of a project entitled "FCO deterring Syria foreign fighters activity", had to be approved by a special Treasury unit, the Efficiency and Reform Group, because it fell outside public sector spending limits. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.