Fight Hatred

Tuesday, Jul 22nd

Last update12:54:02 PM GMT

Redwatch

Background/ Themes

Redwatch Online is the website that accompanies Redwatch Magazine, a neo-Nazi British magazine that publishes personal information and photographs of alleged left wing and anti-fascist activists. Combat 18, a right-wing racialist group, created Redwatch Magazine in 1992 with the slogan “oderint dum metuant”: “let them hate as long as they fear.”

The website indexes its information by cities and regions. Most people listed are members of the Anti-Nazi League or anti-racist, left wing groups such as the Socialist Party, Sinn Fein, Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, Workers’ Power, and Socialist Workers Party. In addition, some non left-wing members are listed. In addition, the website hosts dozens of photos of anarchists and single-issue protesters.


The website’s slogan, “Remember places, traitors' faces, they'll all pay for their crimes” is penned by neo-Nazi musician Ian Stuart Donaldson.

 

Ownership

The website is owned by Simon Sheppard, a former British National Party (BNP) member. In 2008 Sheppard was arrested, charged and convicted of using the Internet to circulate “material likely to incite racial hatred.” On July 10, 2009 a British court sentenced Sheppard to 4 years and 10 months in prison for publishing hate material on the Internet.

Scope

The website has gained more publicity than the magazine itself. Its popularity has sparked like-minded groups in other countries to create similar sites. Moreover, the website links to other Redwatch sites in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

According to British police, individuals listed on the site face increased risks of violence.

In 2004, The Guardian reported that a right wing group called Aryan Martyrs' Brigade, allegedly linked to Redwatch, has “launched a hate campaign against black, Asian and Jewish MPs.”