What About Choudary & Farage? Users Challenge Javid's Hate Preachers Ultimatum

© AP Photo / Tim IrelandAnjem Choudary, right, a British Muslim social and political activist and spokesman for Islamist group, Islam4UK, speaks following prayers at the Central London Mosque in Regent's Park, London, Friday, April 3, 2015.
Anjem Choudary, right, a British Muslim social and political activist and spokesman for Islamist group, Islam4UK, speaks following prayers at the Central London Mosque in Regent's Park, London, Friday, April 3, 2015. - Sputnik International
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UK Home Secretary's recent statement to the Parliament on fighting extremism in the UK has been widely discussed on social media, with questions as to who or what constitutes hate speech in Sajid Javid's eyes.

Addressing the House of Commons this week, Javid told parliamentarians he has used his powers as Home Secretary eight times to ban hate preachers from the country.

"If you're coming to the UK to preach poison, think again. You're not welcome," Javid said on Twitter.

His pledge to crack down on both Islamist and far-right propagandists saw dynamic response online.

Users were quick to note that Javid's warning doesn't affect one of the most prominent Islamist hate preachers in the UK, Anjem Choudary.

In October 2018, Choudary, who was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for recruiting members of the Daesh* terrorist group, was released from Belmarsh Prison in the south of London. He has since been subject to a strict surveillance programme.

READ MORE: Hate Preacher Anjem Choudary to Take UK's 1st Anti-Extremism Course — Report

While some commentators hailed Javid's statement, calling him a "decisive leader" and the measure "massively overdue," others questioned whether his determination to crack down on hate speech includes such figures as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and US President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon.

The package of measures to provide extra security for places of worship in the UK was announced by Javid in the wake of terror attacks in New Zealand mosques and Sri Lanka churches.

The latest attack scare took in the UK took place in the late hours of Thursday evening, with reports of a man with a firearm entering a London mosque and firing a shot from a "blank-firing handgun."

READ MORE: Seven Kings Mosque in UK on Lockdown Following Shooting Incident (VIDEOS)

*Daesh, also known as IS/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State, is a terrorist organization, banned in Russia

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