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Bahrain: Press Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 22nd May 2020.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of the Reporters Without Borders 2020 World Press Freedom Index which saw Bahrain drop to 169 out of 180 countries, a fall of two places since last year and five places since 2017, what assessment they have made of the state of press freedom in Bahrain; and whether any such assessment will impact their provision of technical assistance to that country.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We take note of a number of sources of information when assessing a country's performance. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens. We have not provided technical assistance to Bahrain in this area.

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