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The BNP's Director of Publicity is Paul Golding. He is responsible for the BNP website. He said, "My job is to take care of the party's cyberspace operation."

The website shows remarkable similarities to that of the Mouvement National Republicain in France, both in terms of page layout and content.

Simon Darby, the BNP Director of Information Technology, explained the aims of the site.

He said, "People can access many things on the site; whether they want just the latest information, whether they want a video, perhaps the latest television interview of a BNP spokesman, whether they want an archive of nationalist materials like a library, whether they want to see the latest photographs, subscribe to a mailing list, whatever. There's a whole gamut of things that people can do."

High Demand

The BNP says that following their election success in Oldham hits on their site reached such a level their server could barely cope with demand.

Simon Darby told Panorama that the BNP members use the internet to convey information to each other quickly and safely.

He said, "... all the main people within the BNP are not just on e-mail, we've all got encryption keys as well, which means we can contact one another at the press of a button."

The website used to contain a chat room. The BNP were forced to close it down after messages were posted by opposing political organisations.

They claim that they do not monitor who is accessing the site. Darby told Panorama that he doesn't regard that as appropriate cyberspace behaviour.

He said, "It's not internet etiquette...to actually look at who's actually looking at you from a personal point of view... the only main reason we would look at why people were looking at us from a specific organisational point of view."


The BNP website
The BNP website is modelled on the site of Jean-Marie Le Pen's "Front National" party
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