BBC World Service
During the trial for murder and in the judge's remarks whilst sentencing to life imprisonment Thomas Mair, for killing British Member of Parliament Jo Cox, it was revealed he was a loner who had been consuming far right white supremacist propaganda on the Internet for the past 16 years.
Last night, the BBC asked me to explain some general differences between Jihadist sites online and those of white supremacist hate groups. In effect, one main difference is that the latter are usually very clever to stay within the parameters of the law when it comes to inciting violent crime and racial hatred.
Clearly, more research is needed into how many people are committing violent hate crimes on the streets who have have been radicalised by White Supremacist websites.Research into causal influence in this field will be difficult, but that should be nor excuse for failure to do it.
You can hear the BBC interview HERE - NOTE: you can move the bottom slider forward by 10 minutes to reach the relevant part of this BBC World Service Newshour programme.
The reason they asked me for an “expert” opinion is because I have published two peer reviewed articles on the topic of the activities of white supremacist hate groups online:
Sutton, M. and Wright, C. (2009) FINDING THE FAR RIGHT ONLINE: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF WHITE SUPREMACIST WEBSITES . Internet Journal of Criminology
Mann, D. Sutton, M, and Tuffin, R. (2003) The Evolution of Hate Social Dynamics in White Racist Newsgroups. Internet Journal of Criminology
Reference to the BBC programme.
Newshour, 21:05 23/11/2016, BBC World Service Radio, 55 mins. 00:10:33-01:00:20. https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/clip/34192 (Accessed 24 Nov 2016)
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