She added that some authorities were in denial of the problem and needed to better engage with media to tackle misconceptions and ensure accurate coverage.
'Councils need to work more closely with the media to make sure journalists do not sensationalise their coverage [of racial/religious tension and social unrest],' Dixon said.
She also warned that new technology was making it easier for extremists to mobilise and share information.
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