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Central Asia: Press Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 49222, tabled on 14 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with European partners on (a) freedom of press and (b) violence against journalists in countries in Central Asia.

Answered on

20 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. Many European countries are members of the Coalition. The Foreign Secretary has not raised press freedom in Central Asia in his recent calls with European counterparts. However, The UK's diplomatic network champions media freedom, including in Central Asia, with Missions hosting and advocating on these issues on a regular basis, where media freedom is under attack. FCDO officials also engage regularly on this and other human rights issues relating to Central Asia with our European partners through our engagement with international organisations such as the OSCE the UN Human Rights Council.

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