Regulator investigates Muslim charity over video post

Charity Commission says video could ‘suggest support for Hamas’


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The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into a Muslim educational and cultural organisation in Wales after it posted a video that could suggest support for Hamas.

In a statement, the regulator said it would fully investigate events that led to the video’s posting on the Facebook account of the Al-Manar Centre Trust in Cardiff.

The video, posted in November 2023, raised “concerns around the charity’s social media controls,” the commission said. “The video, which was not created by the charity but posted on one of its social media channels, could suggest support for Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organisation.”

Trustees were “expected do all in their power to protect their charities from risk of misuse, which includes implementing procedures to prevent the promotion of views which could be considered harmful or unlawful,” the commission said.

Following the watchdog’s intervention, the commission said, “the charity’s trustees have removed the video and taken steps to improve their social media protocols”.

The watchdog would seek assurances that social media protocols were “sufficiently robust to prevent this from happening again. This includes a review to confirm that there is no other inappropriate material on any platform used by the charity.”

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