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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE IMPRISONED WRITER

EDM (Early Day Motion) 545: tabled on 15 November 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 22 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that 15 November 2017 marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer; welcomes the day 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 the results of recent World Press Freedom Index 2017, which noted a decline in press freedom in 62.2 per cent of the 180 countries in the Index; further notes with concern that 259 journalists and writers were imprisoned worldwide by the end of 2016; recognises the work of organisations such as Scottish PEN, English PEN, Reporters Without Borders and the Cartoonist Rights Network International in promoting press freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of information throughout the world, and where those rights are being violated; and urges the Government to ensure press freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of information are protected throughout the world.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.