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The Observer:

Don’t be soft on Islam, says EU terror chief

Europe’s anti-terror chief has launched a stinging attack on the political correctness that he says is hampering the campaign against militant Islam.
Gilles de Kerchove, the EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator, said last week that concern about stigmatising Muslim populations was hampering policy-making and thus prevention. ‘One of the problems … is that some member states are extremely reluctant to be explicit about the link with religion,’ said de Kerchove. ‘Religion has been hijacked and distorted for political ends.’
De Kerchove’s statement comes against a background of infighting within the EU over counter-terrorism policy. The European Commission has been working for several years on a paper analysing militancy in Europe and outlining policy to combat radicalisation. The Council of Ministers is still waiting for the now long-overdue paper, on which future policy will be based.
EU officials claimed last week the delay was because Jacques Barrot, the French Commissioner for justice, freedom and security, had grave reservations about the definition of terrorism in the commission’s policy paper and had delayed signing the policy document as it ‘went too far in blaming Muslim communities’.
A spokesman for Barrot refused to comment. ‘There is a paper that is being prepared. Our services are working on it and there is no fixed timeframe at the moment,’ he said.
De Kerchove praised the Home Office’s emphasis on countering the extremists’ message through the media. ‘We have to provide an alternative narrative,’ he said. ‘A lot of research is showing that young people being radicalised are looking for thrills as much as anything ideological. We need to show the violence for what it is, bloody and indiscriminate, and the people who do it for what they are, ugly criminals not heroes.’

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Iran etablerer stats-TV på Nørrebro

Den iranske regering har etableret en redaktion for en ny, verdensomspændende satellit-station Press TV på Nørrebro i København, skriver Berlingske.dk.

Stationen er en 24 timers nyhedskanal, der til forveksling ligner CNN og BBC-World og henvender sig til et internationalt engelsktalende publikum, oplyser Berlingske.

Ifølge avisen ledes det danske kontor af dansk-iraneren Taleb Khallas og ligger på Hejrevej på ydre Nørrebro. Herfra skal en håndfuld danske journalister og fotografer dagligt lave indslag.

»Danske nyheder med et internationalt perspektiv«, som det formuleres.

Press TV blev startet sidste sommer af den iranske regering, der er under internationalt pres på grund af sit atomprogram, sin retorik over for staten Israel og den hårde indenrigspolitik.

Officielt er landet stadig på præsident George W. Bushs liste over »slyngelstater«. Iranernes satellitkanal med et budget på 27 millioner dollar er sat i verden for at bekæmpe dette image. Det sker blandt andet med lokale korrespondenter i Washington, New York, London, Bruxelles og nu også Danmark.

Hjemmesiden for Press TV finder du her.

Berlingske:

Den iranske regering har startet redaktion for en ny, verdensomspændende satellit-station Press TV på Nørrebro i København. Stationen er en 24 timers nyhedskanal, der til forveksling ligner CNN og BBC-World og henvender sig til et internationalt engelsktalende publikum.

Det danske kontor ledes af dansk-iraneren Taleb Khallas og ligger på Hejrevej på ydre Nørrebro. Herfra skal en håndfuld danske journalister og fotografer dagligt lave indslag. »Danske nyheder med et internationalt perspektiv«, som det formuleres.