To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much official development assistance will be spent in 2021-22 on promoting freedom of media to investigate and how much was spent in each of the last five years.
The UK is a strong supporter of media freedom through Official Development Assistance (ODA). Full detail of UK ODA spend on media freedom is available through OECD statistics. The most recent such figure is for 2019 when the UK provided US$156 million, approximately £120 million. The figures for the previous five years are $141 million for 2018, $153 million for 2017, $59 million for 2016, $42 million for 2015 and $34 million for 2014. The UK is consistently one of the top five international donors to the media sector.