Anjem Choudary: 'The media gave him oxygen', says Muslim Association of Britain

Anjem Choudary: 'The most important thing is he's not in the media', says the Muslim Association of Britain

Anjem Choudary has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The President of the Muslim Association of Britain claims the media allowed Anjem Choudary to radicalise others, he has now been sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

The hate preacher was convicted after he pledged allegiance to Isis and encouraged others to do. He was sentenced on Tuesday.

Police suggest Choudary was the fulcrum of a wide-ranging terror network and suggest his followers carried out attacks in the UK and abroad for many years.

Omer El-Hamdoon told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the media are partly to blame for Choudary's prominence.

"The whole idea of this sentencing I think in one way is to send a message to anybody who does incite terrorism that we will catch up with you [and you] will be locked up.

"Probably more important than all of this is he's not in the media, because I think one of things the media has unfortunately done has been giving him a lot of oxygen.

"We're going to get a couple more Anjem Choudarys," he added. "Is the media going to still give them the oxygen to allow them to radicalise our British youth?"

Listen to the full interview to find out more