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'Far-right radio station is operating from Wales'.

Byline: THOMAS DEACON Reporter thomas.deacon@walesonline.co.uk

AFAR.RIGHT radio station featuring readings from Hitler is believed to be operating from a secret location in Wales.

Radio Aryan is an online radio station full of xenophobic and extreme imagery and views.

The secretive website is popular among the far right and has used derogatory terms for Jewish and black people.

The website is free and easy to find, and features hundreds of different programmes including The Daily Nationalist, Eternal Reich, and Aryan Britannia, with several referring to "Celtic" heritage. They have also broadcast a number of readings from Hitler's Mein Kampf.

A key figure behind the station uses the pseudonym Sven Longshanks - which refers to King Edward I, who expelled all Jewish people from England in the 13th century.

During one interview Longshanks refers to previous media reports by the Daily Mail and The Times and describes them as "Jewish" media. He adds that he has been contacted by numerous families who say they listen to the show with their children and that people of mixed race are a "biological threat" to society.

A Twitter account with the handle @RadioAryan and the name Sven Longshanks still appears in Google search results but it has since been suspended after violating Twitter rules.

Another broadcast features David Duke, a prominent white supremacist former "grand wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan and convicted fraudster.

Previous media reports on the station have stated that it is believed to be based in Wales.

They also quote Scotland Yard as saying the station has been under investigation by the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (Wectu).

When approached by WalesOnline the Metropolitan Police would not provide a comment and directed our query to Wectu via South Wales Police. A spokesman for South Wales Police said they could not confirm or deny the investigation took place.

The term Aryan relates to a group of people who lived in northern India thousands of years ago. It was later used by the Nazis, who believed the Aryan race was "superior" and Germanic people were the the most superior.

One expert at Cardiff University said the station sits at the "more extreme" end of the far-right spectrum.

Lecturer in human geography Anthony Ince said: "What is peculiar about Radio Aryan compared to other parts of the far right is the way it tries to connect the ideology of fascism to Christian theology in a way that is rarely seen in a UK context but much more common in the USA through groups like the Ku Klux Klan. This is closely connected to its anti-Semitism: Radio Aryan sees Christianity as partly a movement to rid the world of Jews."

Dr Ince said while the views on the site are often criticised by other right-wing groups it can still be a source for indoctrination.

He said: "Although it seems rather niche it is important to emphasise how these seemingly marginal sites can still be sources for indoctrination, not only for people in Wales or even the UK, but across the world.

"The internet is a global phenomenon and people could stumble across this site - Radio Aryan is clearly well-connected to other white supremacist sites globally so it could provide an entry point to a range of other groups of a similar inclination."

Wales has seen a number of farright incidents in recent years, including racist graffiti in Cardiff, farright rock bands originating from Wales and a terrorist group that wanted to build a white-only stronghold in mid Wales.

Last year Cardiff father-of-four Darren Osborne was jailed for life after being convicted of murder and attempted murder following a van attack which saw him deliberately mow down people outside two London mosques. The judge who sentenced him told Osborne, then 48, that he had been "radicalised within a short period of time" and possessed a "perverted hatred of Muslims".

Another expert at Cardiff University said the radio station fits into the wider growing movement of far-right views.

Director of research development and environment at Cardiff University's journalism school, Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, said: "Radio Aryan's content ties into the broader rise of far-right movements on a global basis.

"It is distinctive in its neo-Nazi preoccupations and its unapologetically extreme views.

"Though the radio station is rumoured to be broadcast from Wales many of the contributors are North American and it is therefore clearly aimed at a global audience."

As the station operates solely online it is not subject to the same Ofcom broadcasting rules which govern conventional radio stations.

Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty has raised concerns over Radio Aryan and right-wing content in general several times.

Mr Doughty said: "The fact that Radio Aryan and its horrific neo-Nazi content continues to exist across social media sites is utterly unacceptable.

"It is outrageous that extreme right-wing content is so easily accessible. I have repeatedly called on the Home Secretary to ban a number of the organisations driving extremeright activity in the UK but this has yet to happen.

"I have also met with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, who are failing to make substantive changes to their policies. Other social media companies are grossly failing in this also. We need swift, robust action and consequences for companies who aren't acting in the public interest, including severe penalties." Sara Khan, who leads the Commission for Countering Extremism, which advises the government, addressed a conference held by the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right last month, in which she said: "An emerging picture is forming of extremism in England and Wales. It manifests itself in radicalisation, violence, and terror. But also in a patchwork of dangerous individuals and groups who spread hatred and intolerance."

An individual believed to be a representative for the station was approached for comment but did not respond. There are no contact details on their website but it does include a section headed "important", which states: "Our content is not intended for mass public consumption, it is created by nationalists for nationalists with the intention of promoting virtue among our people and encouraging them to set a good example to others.

"Our content may not have this effect on non-nationalists as it is not intended for their ears."

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