Lara Whyte on female hardline right-wing activists

Investigative journalist Lara Whyte reports on the rise of the new wave of female hardline right-wing activists, a band of reactionary influencers gaining a huge online following.

This concudes with adiscussion of the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand

The killer used language and symbols pushed by women featured in this programme – and Lara argues this offers a chilling reminder of the dangers that can come out of some of their ideas.

@inThePaePae:

Exceptional work by Lara Whyte. Features recent visitor to NZ, Canada’s Lauren Southern; & UK’s Lucy Brown, with unconvincing squirming about being labelled ‘far right’; ‘nazi’. Whyte puts their PR, rebranding, softening & mainstreaming in context with Christchurch terrorist.

(Whyte describes herself as a reporter, producer and editor from Belfast).

Anti-extremism expert Julia Ebner, who has infiltrated multiple far-right groups, reveals that many of these organisations have begun actively recruiting young women in the hopes of softening their public image and potentially increasing their mainstream appeal.

We hear from Lucy Brown who underwent a political transformation that saw her quit Black Lives Matter and end up working alongside Tommy Robinson, the former head of the English Defence League. Lara also speaks to Canadian YouTube “star” Lauren Southern who was banned from entering the UK in 2018 following a highly offensive protest.

Many of the women Lara speaks to are outspoken critics of Islam and enraged by the grooming gang scandals for which they blame Muslim culture, including a member of 120 Decibels, a campaign group founded in Germany with the aim of combatting what they call “imported sexual violence” towards women committed by illegal immigrants.

Lara explains that most of the young women in this political movement reject the term “far-right”, despite getting routinely labelled as such in the media and by anti-extremist think tanks.

Also Investigating Extremism on Radio 4:

Roger Bolton hears listener views on a documentary investigating the role of women on the far-right, and discusses the BBC’s annual plan.

Radio 4 documentary In The Right caused controversy this week, stirring debate from listeners over whether figures considered to be on the far-right should be given airtime.

Both are worth listening to.