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Press Freedom in Saudi Arabia

EDM (Early Day Motion) 619: tabled on 17 June 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 23 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House condemns the continued detention of at least 32 journalists in Saudi Arabia and calls for their immediate and unconditional release; notes that 17 June 2020 marks eight years since the arrest of blogger Raif Badawi, as well as the birthday of Waleed Abu al-Khair, a human rights defender and Badawi's lawyer, who also remains unjustly jailed; is alarmed by the additional risk presented by the Covid-19 pandemic to all of the detained journalists, underscoring the urgent need for their release; reiterates the need for concrete steps towards justice for the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi; notes that Saudi Arabia has one of the world's worst records on press freedom, with a ranking of 170 out of 180 countries on Reporters Without Borders' 2020 World Press Freedom Index; and urges the UK government to raise these issues as a matter of urgent priority with the government of Saudi Arabia and press for concrete reforms to improve the country's press freedom climate ahead of the G20 Riyadh Summit in November.

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There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.