Myanmar: Journalism

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support journalists in Myanmar who have experienced physical violence and threats of imprisonment for their media work.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Since the military coup on 1 February 2021, Myanmar's military and police continue to undermine and violate media freedom. We condemn the targeting, detention and killing of journalists and media workers. We call on the military regime to immediately stop all violence, release those unjustly detained and end its obstruction of the Myanmar people's right to information and freedom of expression. We are also providing emergency funding to help journalists and media organisations continue reporting what is happening in Myanmar.

We have called and continued to call for the protection of civilians, including journalists, and the release of all those in arbitrary detention, including at the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council.

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