British Islamist Sheikh Anjem Choudary Convicted Of Supporting ISIS; YouTube, Twitter Refuse To Remove His Accounts – As MEMRI Has Been Calling For Since 2011

August 22, 2016

On August 16, 2016, it was announced that British Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary had been found guilty the previous month of eliciting support for the Islamic State (ISIS).[1] Officials said that a vital piece of evidence in his conviction was his recorded oath of allegiance to ISIS, which he posted on an extremist website on July 7, 2014, the ninth anniversary of the London terror attacks.[2] According to The Guardian, British authorities had since then made repeated efforts to get his Twitter posts and YouTube videos taken down, but the content remained online,[3] even though it is in violation of British anti-terror laws as well as of Twitter’s own terms of service prohibiting promotion of terrorism.

MEMRI has been monitoring Choudary, including his social media activity as well as video and interviews, since 2011, and has repeatedly warned about him and called for social media platforms to remove his
content.

Reports On Choudary’s Activity

JTTM report, Islamic Website Izharudeen Announces ‘International Islamic Revival Conference’; Speakers To Include Omar Bakri Muhammed, Sheikh Anjem Choudary, November 15, 2010.


http://www.memrijttm.org/islamic-website-izharudeen-announces-international-islamic-revival-conference-speakers-to-include-omar-bakri-muhammed-sheikh-anjem-choudary.html

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 755, Deleting Online Jihad on Twitter: The Case of British Jihadi Anjem Choudary – Tweeting for the Caliphate and the Conquest of the White House, November 4, 2011.


http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5779.htm

Special Dispatch No. 4278, UK Home Office Bans ‘Terror Organization’ Muslims Against Crusades; Group Spokesman Anjem Choudary Still Communicating Via Twitter, YouTube, November 11, 2011.


http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5809.htm

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 797, British Islamist Anjem Choudary Launches ‘Shariah for India,’ Vows to Demolish Hindu Temples and Bollywood; Muslims Urged to Join In New Delhi March Next Month Marking 88th Anniversary of the End of Islamic Caliphate, February 9, 2012.


http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6071.htm

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 1042,
On Twitter, British Pro-Jihad Islamist Anjem Choudary – Whose Network Is Regarded As ‘Single Biggest Gateway To Terrorism’ For European Fighters in Syria – Incites To Violence And Jihad, Calls For Conquest Of West; In Tweet, He Defends Opinion Expressed By Accused Islamist During His Trial That U.K. Is ‘A Theoretic & Practical Battlefield’, December 13, 2013.


http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/7665.htm

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 1124, 1st Issue Of Jihadi Magazine ‘Ihya-e-Khilafat’ Praises 9/11 Hijackers, Reveals Realignment Of Pakistani Taliban Groups, British Youths Joining Jihadists In Pakistan, October 20, 2014.


http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/8183.htm

JTTM report, Western Pro-ISIS Clerics Disseminate Radical Messages Via U.S.-Based Online Video Chat Platform Paltalk, August 11, 2015.


http://www.memrijttm.org/western-pro-isis-clerics-disseminate-radical-messages-via-us-based-online-video-chat-platform-paltalk.html

MEMRI TV Clips Of Choudary

#2349 – British Islamist Anjem Choudary: We Want to Implement Islamic Law in Britain

Press TV (Iran) – January 13, 2010 – 03:18


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2349.htm

#2388 – British Islamist Anjem Choudary: Freedom and Democracy Are Idols That Must Be Destroyed and Replaced with Obedience to Allah

Press TV (Iran) – February 3, 2010 – 04:19


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2388.htm

#2928 – Islamists Hold Funeral Prayers for Osama Bin Laden in London, Chanting: “Obama, Watch Your Back” and”Democracy, Burn in Hell!”

The Internet – May 6, 2011 – 07:11


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2928.htm

#3133 – British Islamist Anjem Choudary Eulogizes Anwar Al-Awlaki and Says: May the Call for Jihad Never Die

The Internet – October 1, 2011 – 04:16


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3133.htm

#3243 – British Islamist Anjem Choudary in Christmas Message: Jesus Was a Muslim; If He Were Alive Today, He Would Be Fighting to Liberate Muslim Land and Implement Divine Law

The Internet – December 22, 2011 – 06:08


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3243.htm

#3842 – British Islamist Anjem Choudary: As Muslims We Reject Human Rights

The Internet, Press TV (Iran) – April 11, 2013 – 00:53


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3842.htm

#4092 – Jihadi Leaders Anjem Choudary and Omar Bakri Acknowledge Sending Western Fighters to Syria

LBC/LDC TV (Lebanon) – November 27, 2013 – 02:49


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4092.htm

#4116 – British Jihadi Cleric and Pro-Iranian U.S. Commentator Exchange Insults over Syria Crisis

The Internet, Press TV (Iran) – January 14, 2014 – 03:58


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4116.htm

#4182 – London Islamists Campaign for Instating Islamic Law in Britain

The Internet – March 2, 2014 – 02:24


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4182.htm

#4562 – British Islamists: The Caliphate Will Expand to Europe and the U.S.

The Internet – September 16, 2014 – 04:51


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4562.htm

#4723 – British Islamist Anjem Choudary Praises Paris Terrorists: May Allah Accept Them in Paradise

Murr TV (Lebanon) – January 13, 2015 – 01:54


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4723.htm

#4864 – British Islamists in Response to Theresa May: She and Cameron Can Go to Hell; We Will Be Happy If They Deport Us to Syria

The Internet – March 23, 2015 – 03:08


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4864.htm

#4874 – British Islamist Anjem Choudary Calls to Refrain from Voting in U.K. General Elections

The Internet – April 5, 2015 – 04:04


http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4874.htm

Endnotes:

[1] Washington Post, August 16, 2016.

[2] The Guardian, August 16, 2016.

[3] The Guardian, August 16, 2016.