Anti-Muslim rhetoric and "endless 'anti-terror' laws" are in danger of creating a McCarthyite witch-hunt against Muslims, according to the signatories of a strongly worded public statement, who include several controversial figures.

The statement accuses the government of "criminalising" Islam and trying to silence "legitimate critique and dissent", and decries what it describes as "the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain [and] their values, as well as prominent scholars, speakers and organisations."

Signatories of the statement include Moazzam Begg, director of outreach for Cage, the organisation that came under fire last week after it sought to explain the radicalisation of Isis killer Mohammed Emwazi. Members of Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in several countries including Germany, have also signed the statement.

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