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RESTRICTIONS ON PRESS FREEDOM IN TURKEY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 719: tabled on 21 January 2015

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 36 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is concerned about widespread reports of state censorship, and the firing, imprisonment and wiretapping of journalists in Turkey; notes that about 20 journalists were arrested in a series of dawn raids in Turkey in mid-December 2014; further notes that one of the journalists arrested in December, television presenter Sedef Kabas, is facing a prison sentence of up to five years for a tweet about a corruption probe involving high profile names; welcomes the statement by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations that the latest crackdown is against the European values and standards Turkey aspires to be part of; calls on Turkish authorities to remove the travel bans imposed on the journalists, drop all criminal charges against them and release all other journalists behind bars in the country; and further calls on Ministers in the UK Government to raise these concerns with their counterparts in Turkey.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2015
Blaydon
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 January 2015
Worthing West
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 January 2015
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2015
Blyth Valley
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2015
North Ayrshire and Arran
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 January 2015
Belfast North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2015
Newport West
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2015
Ilford South
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2015
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2015
Birmingham, Hall Green
Greatrex, Tom
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2015
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2015
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 28 January 2015
North Down
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2015
Lanark and Hamilton East
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2015
Luton North
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2015
Hampstead and Kilburn
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2015
Manchester, Gorton
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2015
Manchester, Withington
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 29 January 2015
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 28 January 2015
Brighton, Pavilion
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 January 2015
South Antrim
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2015
Hayes and Harlington
McInnes, Liz
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2015
Heywood and Middleton
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2015
Vale of Clwyd
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 January 2015
Strangford
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2015
Bolsover
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2015
Blackley and Broughton
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 29 January 2015
Arfon
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2015
Ceredigion
Wright, David
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2015
Telford

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.