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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th December 2012.

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Photo of Lindsay Roy Lindsay Roy Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Turkey about press freedom.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Deputy Prime Minister raised the issue of freedom of expression with the Turkish Prime Minister on a visit to Turkey in October. I regularly discuss human rights issues including freedom of expression in meetings with my Turkish counterpart, Egemen Bagis, the Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs, most recently at a meeting in October.

The UK Government shares the concerns expressed by our EU partners surrounding press freedom in Turkey, which were reflected in the Conclusions of the General Affairs Council on 11 December. The Turkish Government has recognised the need for reform and we welcome their proposed fourth judicial reform package. We hope this can be implemented quickly.

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