- The Washington Times - Monday, March 12, 2018

Independent journalist Lauren Southern was briefly detained on Monday and denied entry into the U.K. due to threatening “the public good.”

Officials in Calais, France, nabbed one of Canada’s most recognizable right-wing faces this week as she tried to exit the country. Her commentary on Islam apparently proved too much for the U.K. Home Office and she was denied the opportunity to visit political activist Tommy Robinson of the English Defense League.

“Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good,” a Home Office said in a statement released to Fox News.

Specific details as to why the journalist was rejected were not given.

“They asked me if I’m a Christian extremist, asked me how I feel about running over people with cars,” Ms. Southern told the network. “They asked me about Tommy Robinson, asked how I would describe myself politically, asked me how I would describe nationalism.”

Ms. Southern, who also authored “Barbarians: How the Baby Boomers, Immigration, and Islam Screwed My Generation,” joins American radio host Michael Savage and Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) on the U.K. list of individuals who threaten “the public good.”

All three individuals offer candid commentary on radical Islam and Europe’s immigration policies.

“[This kind of event] could be marking the end of conservative speech in the U.K. or the beginning of an era of serious censorship,” she told Fox.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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