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The media gave Anjem Choudary’s extreme views far too big a platform

After last Saturday, they will need to do some soul-searching over their promotion of the radical cleric

By James Fergusson  

Radical cleric Anjem Choudary is filmed outside London Central Mosque. Photo: PA

For such a tiny band of ostensibly big-mouthed clowns, it is astonishing how many terrorists Anjem Choudary and his Al-Muhajiroun followers have inspired over the years. The damage this crackpot organization have inflicted on the reputation of British Islam, and consequently on community relations, is incalculable. How did this happen?

When Choudary was finally imprisoned in 2016 for inviting support for ISIS online, Muslims cheered. Mainstream Islam had been denying him a platform for years. In…

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