Georgia: Freedom of Expression

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the Government of Georgia on (a) proposed updates to the law on electronic communications in that country and (b) the importance of maintaining that country's commitments to (i) freedom of speech and (i) rule of law.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Through our Embassy in Tbilisi we are assessing the implications of the Georgian Parliament's recent amendment to the electronic communications law, giving more authority to the communications regulator, on Georgia's media and telecommunications sector.

In our engagement with the Government of Georgia we have raised the importance of continued democratic and economic reforms in Georgia that support freedom of speech and the rule of law, most recently at the 7th UK-Georgia Wardrop Dialogue which took place on 9 September.

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