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Jan 16, 2018

Channel Seven’s Summer of Nazis raises national security fears

The Seven Network giving airtime to far-right extremists makes the job of security agencies more difficult, at a time of a growing threat from neo-Nazi groups.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Seven Network's extraordinary attempt to mainstream Nazi views by giving an uncritical platform to convicted criminal Blair Cottrell, leader of the far-right group United Patriots Front, has prompted concerns about the undermining of national security as intelligence agencies deal with the growing threat of neo-Nazi violence.

Seven's "news" report on Sunday, in which Cottrell was allowed to freely opine about the alleged "African gangs" issue in Melbourne as a legitimate Neighbourhood Watch-style community group, prompted widespread condemnation and social media derision, with the hashtag #7summerofnazis trending heavily.

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