Mansour Al-Shammari, Secretary-General of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology Etidal, took part in a high-level seminar on counter-terrorism via videoconference as part of UN Counter-Terrorism Week 2021 activities.
In his speech, Al-Shammari mentioned partnerships to confront and combat violent extremism. He pointed out: “The diversity of attendees for this conference confirms that everyone shares one goal to confront the extremist ideology that threatens the security and stability of this planet.”
Fast transmission and spread
He also added: “We believe in the importance of cooperation and partnerships with countries and organizations that work to combat extremism and spread peace.”
Al-Shammari stressed that we face a rapid and even frightening transmission and spread of extremist content through social media platforms in light of technical and organizational difficulties to limit or prevent such content.
Extremist organizations exploit the Corona pandemic to recruit young people, taking advantage of the high use of social media platforms during quarantine.
Al-Shammari referred to Etidal’s role in analyzing the behaviour of some groups on many platforms at the height of the pandemic.
The dangers of extremist organizations
There are existing dangers of extremist organizations in the Middle East and Africa, especially in light of the fierce terrorist attacks that these regions are exposed to, fueled by extremist content through non-stop communication networks.
Al-Shammari invited the conference participants to visit the centre’s headquarters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and see its efforts closely, discuss ways of cooperation and partnerships, and benefit from the centre’s expertise in the field.