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Central Asia: Press Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 48318, tabled on 13 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to his counterparts in Central Asia to raise concerns on the (a) safety of media workers and (b) importance of freedom of press.

Answered on

16 September 2021

The FCDO remains committed to the Global Media Freedom campaign launched in 2018. Through the UK's co-chairing of the Media Freedom Coalition we are working to improving media freedom domestically and internationally. In Central Asia, we work to achieve this principally through our programming, which supports the development of an independent media landscape through capacity building assistance. The Minister of State for South Asia, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon discussed issues relating to media freedom during his meeting with Uzbek Justice Minister Davletov in Tashkent on 15 July. FCDO officials regularly hold open and frank conversations with representatives of Central Asian governments on this and other human rights issues, including through our engagement in international organisations such as the UN Human Rights Council.

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