Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of Burundi on (a) the recent enactment of a press law in that country and (b) the restriction the provisions of that law impose on the freedom of the media.

Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Our non-resident ambassador to Burundi joined other EU member states in a démarche concerning the media law before it was enacted, and he has continued to raise UK concerns about the issue and its impact on press freedom, most recently with the Ministry of the Interior on 29 August.

Officials have also raised the issue with the Second Vice President of Burundi. Officials continue to meet journalists and members of civil society in Burundi regularly to discuss the new laws and how their impact could be mitigated. The UK will continue to raise its concerns, and encourage other like-minded states to do so.

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