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Bangladesh: Journalism

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on the safety of journalists in that country.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We regularly discuss media freedom and the safety of journalists with the Government of Bangladesh. When they met in July 2019, the Minister for South Asia discussed with the Bangladeshi State Minister for Foreign Affairs the vital role the media plays in upholding transparency and democracy. The then Minister for Asia and the Pacific reiterated the importance of freedom of expression when he met the Prime Minister and other ministers during his visit in April 2019. Media freedom and the safety of journalists will remain a priority for the UK’s engagement with Bangladesh.

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