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Turkey

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Turkey about the cases of the journalists Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik presently under arrest.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Government have not made representations to the Government of Turkey about the cases of the journalists Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik presently under arrest.

Our embassy in Ankara regularly raises issues relating to freedom of the media in the context of wider discussions on human rights with its Turkish counterparts. The EU made a statement on 10 March 2011 expressing its concerns about the large number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey and urging Turkey to fulfil its Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) commitments on media freedom. The Government do not plan separate bilateral representations in addition to the EU statement.

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