Friday, May 18, 2018

VISIT FROM MAAJID NAWAZ - Article in Global Academy Magazine


LBC. Leading Britain’s Conversation. It’s something that doesn’t appeal to many young people. People tend to think that LBC is a “rolling news” station, and they’d be right, it can be, during exceptional circumstances, such as during any of the far too many terrorist attacks during last year. For the most part though it is, and I think Majid Nawaz put it in far better way I ever could during his visit, a “social action station”. 

Social action means the topics covered aren’t just to do with Brexit, Theresa May or inflation. Social action is opening a conversation about possible changes that could be made to society. This could be anything and everything that is likely to get a reaction from callers including Votes for 16 & 17-year old’s, Minimum wage and even highly controversial topics like switching of life support. 

Students at the academy had the pleasure of meeting Majid Nawaz, who presents a show on LBC during the weekend from 12 -  3pm. During his talk he gave us an insight into what LBC was all about and gave a talk about hate crime. As a person who held extremist views for 13 years in the past, that even managed to get him five-year stint in an Egypt prison, he was the best man for the job. 

Majid Nawaz now spends his life work attempting to prevent the radicalisation that he had been a victim of. He founded the think tank “Quilliam”, an organisation that labels itself as “The world’s first counter-extremist organisation”. He has held talks on the topic for the well-known, idea spreading organisation “TED”. 

It won’t hurt to turn the dial to 97.3, if people still use traditional radios these days, or press the play button on the LBC website. The even easier option, download the “Global Player” app on the Google Play or Apple App Store and switch over from Capital or Capital Xtra and have a listen for just two minutes. I’m sure your opinion of the station will change.  

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