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Prince Charles steps up pressure on internet giants over beheading videos

Prince of Wales warns the world is danger of 'descending into the dark ages of public executions' and accuses Isis militants of ‘blasphemy’. The Prince urged people not to share the videos.

The Prince of Wales has stepped up pressure on internet providers over the spread of Jihadist beheading videos online warning that it is dragging the world back into “the dark ages of public executions”.

He said everyone had a “duty of care” to the victims and their families to ensure that the graphic images are not shared or broadcast.

His intervention follows warnings from Robert Hannigan, the new head of GCHQ, that Facebook and Twitter have become “command and control centres” for terrorists so-called Islamic State - also known as Isis and Isil.

Last month David Cameron described the internet as an “ungoverned space” and said technology giants must and do more to take down extremist material to “live up to their social responsibilities”.

The Prince’s comments came as he visited a church in west London to meet Iraqi Christians whose families have fled the threat of genocide.

Addressing members of the Chaldean Christian community at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family in Action he condemned the actions of jihadists as “blasphemy” saying the attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria amount to an attack on the image of God.

Islamic extremists attacking other faiths were bringing “nothing but dishonour” on their own religion, he said.

He also spoke with passion about his own Christian faith, speaking of the need to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute”.

But he went on: "As these truly dreadful images of executions and beheadings are transmitted around the world by the internet I cannot help but feel that we are in serious danger in this so-called modern age of descending into the dark ages of public executions.

"We hear much at present about the 'duty of care'.

“Then ladies and gentlemen I am bound to ask whether there is not a duty of care towards the victims of violence and their families who, like you, are daily distraught by the graphic transmission of violent images of their loved ones.”

Facebook is among internet giants which have a policy of removing any content which appeared to celebrate violence. But social networking groups have been urged to do more to prevent the spread of hate-filled messages online.

Last month Robert Hannigan said that Isil terrorists in Syria and Iraq have "embraced the web" and are using it to intimidate people and inspire "would-be jihadis" from all over the world to join them.

He urged the companies to work more closely with the security services, arguing that it is time for them to confront "some uncomfortable truths" and that privacy is not an "absolute right".

The Prince spoke with passion about the plight of Christians and other religious minorities facing destruction following the Isis advance across Iraq and Syria.

“To you … whose brothers and sisters are suffering at this terrible time, to you whose families have lived in the biblical lands since biblical times, I can only say from my heart that I thank God for your astonishing courage, faithfulness and perseverance,” he said.

During the service the congregation recited the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, something the Prince described as a “special” experience.

“Somehow it connects us even more closely with our Lord more than 2,000 years ago” he told them.

“The fact that your community has been in Iraq practising your faith for all these hundreds of years and the fact that now that very faith, which has been there for so long, is under threat of complete removal is beyond all belief,” he said.

He added: “As some of you may know, throughout my life I have appealed for greater understanding between people of faith, for greater tolerance and for harmony between the great religions of the world.

“Therefore for me it is utterly inconceivable that a person of one faith could find it within themselves to persecute a person of another faith, surely to do so brings nothing but dishonour on the faith of the persecutor.”

He went on: "It seems to me that all faiths to some extent shine a light on the divine image in every human life.

“If that is so then surely to destroy another human being is to desecrate the image of the divine and to do so in the name of faith is nothing less than a blasphemy.”

Before the service he met several members of the congregation and the Iraqi Christian community.

He spent several minutes with Majida Nissan, 64, a nanny from west London, who showed him photographs of her 11-year-old niece Mina, and nephews, Nissan and Younan, in Iraq and recounted how her brother’s family had repeatedly had to move after a series of bomb attacks.

“I feel for you deeply,” he told her as she clutched his hand.

She told him “I pray to god”, to which he replied: “We all do, we all do.”

Nicholas Lansman, Secretary General of the Internet Service Providers' Association, said: “Social networks and internet companies remove content that is illegal or breaches their terms of use, and it is important to recognise the internet provides an important platform to challenge extremism and provide a counter-narrative.”
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The Telegraph – UK

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/11282255/Prince-Charles-Dont-share-beheading-videos.html

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