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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1196: tabled on 26 April 2017

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 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 welcomes World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2017 as an opportunity to recognise the vital role of press freedom to ensure transparency, accountability and the rule of law, and to empower people and communities; is concerned by restrictions on the press all over the world and the increase in the repression of media professionals; is particularly further concerned about the situation in Turkey where over 120 journalists and media workers are now in jail, many with no idea of the charges against them, and more than 160 media outlets have been closed; highlights the #FreeTurkeyMedia campaign to demand the release of those journalists and the cases of imprisoned investigative journalist Ahmet Sik, imprisoned newspaper editor Ahmet Altan, imprisoned journalist Kadri Gürsel and imprisoned cartoonist Musa Kart; notes that press freedom is a human right protected under international law; urges the Government of Turkey to release imprisoned media professionals and to respect, protect and ensure the right to press freedom in Turkey; and calls on the Government to mark World Press Freedom Day by promoting press freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of information throughout the world, including in Turkey, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt, Iran and Vietnam, where those rights are being violated or are particularly at risk.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.