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Freedom of Expression: Internet

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from (a) foreign governments and (b) international non-governmental organisations on online freedom of expression.

Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

There is no centrally held information on what representations we have received either from foreign governments or non-governmental organisation on this issue. Representations in the UK and with our diplomats overseas may be verbal or written; discussed directly with Ministers; or through letters to individual country desks. It is not possible to quantify this without incurring disproportionate cost.

We regularly discuss this important issue with other governments and human rights organisations and at a sub-group of my Advisory Group on Human Rights which was set up specifically to advise the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on freedom of expression on the internet.

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