Far-right groups and the media

In 2002, former Today editor Rod Liddle attacked censorship of rightwing populist leaders as "presumption and arrogance" following his decision to interview Muslim cleric Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri.

In 2004, the Argus in Brighton told an anti-BNP group that the party should be ignored "like hoax bomb scares".

However, Unite Against Facism said the policy was misguided as the BNP would still be able to get its "propaganda"

into the public domain.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has an opposite stance to the Argus and launched a campaign against the BNP.

The paper's policy is not to publish BNP statements or allow rights of reply. Former Editor Neil Hodgkinson said: "We campaign vociferously and make sure everybody knows what these groups stand for. We don't allow them to spout their lies through our paper."

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