Mauritania: Freedom of Expression

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 29 September 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the arrest of Moussa Sy in August 2022 on (a) freedom of the (i) press and (ii) expression and (b) anti-corruption work in Mauritania.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are aware of media reports on Moussa Sy. The vital role of the media in providing people with reliable and accurate information must be protected. We deplore any attempt to restrict freedom of expression including the intimidation of journalists and interference in their ability to operate freely, as well as any legislation restricting the free expression of opinion. The UK has long supported media freedoms, both at home and in supporting the development of a strong and independent media in countries overseas. The UK opposes all attempts by any state to restrict press freedom, silence debate, abuse journalists, or spread misinformation.

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