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Spyware and state surveillance of journalists

EDM (Early Day Motion) 337: tabled on 19 July 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is deeply concerned by reports that at least 180 journalists across the world have been spied on using Pegasus software, a tool developed by the Israeli cybersurveillance company NSO and sold to a number of clients, including states across the world; notes that among those who have been the targets of the global spying operations are human rights defenders, political opponents, lawyers, diplomats and heads of state; further notes that the list of the 180 journalists targeted includes reporters from global media platforms, as well as freelance investigators who appear to have been targeted by regimes determined to uncover sources, undermine research, and in some cases, stop their reporting; believes that those revelations of the use of NSO’s Pegasus software to spy on journalists shows the profound vulnerability of media freedom and illustrates the serious breach of the public's right to know; and therefore joins the National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland and the International Federation of Journalists in utterly condemning all attempts to interfere with journalists’ private communications, encouraging journalists to use extra vigilance to protect their data and calling on governments to enshrine in domestic law the inviolability of journalists’ communications.

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.

Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2021
Stockport
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 July 2021
Argyll and Bute
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 19 July 2021
Islington North
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2021
City of Durham
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 2021
Worthing West
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2021
Rochdale
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2021
Hemsworth
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2021
Poplar and Limehouse
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2021
Hammersmith
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 20 July 2021
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 20 July 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2021
Gateshead
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 20 July 2021
East Lothian
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2021
Bedford
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 21 July 2021
Leicester East
Hanvey, Neale
Alba Party
Signed on 21 July 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2021
Leeds East
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 July 2021
Arfon
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 September 2021
Ceredigion
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 September 2021
Dundee West
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 September 2021
Glasgow North West
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 September 2021
Wansbeck

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.