British police have warned that those watching the beheading video of U.S. journalist James Foley could be arrested. The news is the latest attempt to curtail people’s use of the internet and possibly to try and avoid British Muslims becoming radicalised by the footage featuring a jihadist fighter with a London accent.
Scotland Yard said: “The MPS Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the contents of the video that was posted online in relation to the alleged murder of James Foley.
“We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation.”
The Evening Standard reports: “The news came after Twitter announced it was suspending accounts which posted links to graphic imagery of the execution.”
Meanwhile, British counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they had launched an investigation into an Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley and featuring the voice of a man with a British accent.
Reuters contributed to this report