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ISIS PropagandaA Full-Spectrum Extremist Message$
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Stephane J. Baele, Katharine A. Boyd, and Travis G. Coan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190932459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190932459.001.0001

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Countering Islamic State’s Propaganda

Countering Islamic State’s Propaganda

Challenges and Opportunities

(p.219) 7 Countering Islamic State’s Propaganda
ISIS Propaganda

Tobias Borck

Jonathan Githens-Mazer

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on the challenge of countering the Islamic State (IS) in the information environment. National and international efforts to counter the group must—and must continue to—go beyond military operations and political initiatives and include a range of counterpropaganda activities. This chapter combines a scholarly approach with the view of practitioners in order to identify and discuss the challenges brought about by two types of counterpropaganda. First, it examines the issues associated with efforts to deny IS access to the information environment, especially online, by shutting down accounts and deleting content. Second, it addresses the possibilities and pitfalls of various approaches to directly engage and compete with IS propaganda in the information environment, including through the propagation of counter- and alternative narratives.

Keywords:   Islamic State propaganda, Internet, counterterrorism, counterpropaganda, counternarrative, freedom of speech

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