House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd September 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 29 August (HL1960), whether they will now ask the Turkish authorities for the number of journalists detained in that country; and, if not, why not.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Government are concerned about the limits to freedom of expression in Turkey, including reports of high numbers of imprisoned journalists. In January 2013, the Turkish Minister of Justice publicly stated that no journalists were being held in Turkish prisons for expressing an opinion, and that only those who had committed criminal offences were being held. We raised the matter again with the Turkish authorities this week. We, and our EU partners, will continue to raise human rights as part of our broader dialogue with Turkey.

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