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Closure of BBC Sinhala Radio Service

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1201: tabled on 26 November 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 18 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern the decision of BBC World Service to close the Sinhala radio broadcast service, which serves the Sinhalese majority in Sri Lanka who constitute around three-quarters of the population; notes that Sri Lanka has experienced much unrest in the last several decades, and is currently the subject of warnings from human rights organisations regarding the deteriorating situation, resulting in its inclusion in the FCO's top 30 Human RIghts Priority Countries; further notes the potential security implications posed by the country’s developing relationship with the People’s Republic of China; understands the long term strategy of investing in building digital audiences, but observes that currently 7% of the SInhalese population listen to the radio service each week, compared to just 0.6% who use digital services; and therefore calls on BBC management to reverse the closure announcement and continue to invest in this valuable news service.

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There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.