Following in Zurich's footsteps, the Swiss canton of Bern has instructed municipalities to ban the Koran-distributing campaign called Lies! (German for 'Read') from operating in their area. Officials fear their actions could promote radicalisation.

On Thursday, canton Bern Directorate of Police and Military Affairs announced that it had circulated a letter to the municipalities asking them to adopt a uniform practice when it comes to authorising Koran distribution campaigns. It called for a systematic refusal of permission to the True Religion group to distribute Korans under their Lies! campaign.

"It is feared that the Lies! campaign will incite young people to radicalise and serve as a platform for sympathisers of the Islamic State group to meet. Links between travel for the purpose of jihad and Koran distribution actions have been established by several sources," said the statement.

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