Early day motion 474

FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA IN TURKEY

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Total number of signatures: 33

Bardell, Hannah Bottomley, Peter Brake, Tom Brown, Alan
Cherry, Joanna Crausby, David Cunningham, Jim Day, Martyn
Docherty, Martin Durkan, Mark Edwards, Jonathan Gethins, Stephen
Glindon, Mary Goodman, Helen Grant, Peter Hendry, Drew
Hermon, Lady Hopkins, Kelvin Law, Chris Lucas, Caroline
MacNeil, Angus McDonald, Stewart McDonnell, Alasdair McGarry, Natalie
Monaghan, Carol Newlands, Gavin Nicolson, John Salmond, Alex
Saville Roberts, Liz Shannon, Jim Stephens, Christopher Thompson, Owen
Weir, Mike

That this House is gravely concerned over reports of increasingly repressive treatment of journalists working for newspapers, websites and broadcasters in Turkey; notes that a recently published decree ordered the closure of 131 media organisations, including three news agencies, 16 television channels, 23 radio stations, 45 daily newspapers, 15 magazines and 29 publishing houses; further notes that, under the country's state of emergency, the authorities can hold suspects in detention without charge for 30 days, with journalists frequently detained without arrest warrants; and calls on the Government and the Council of Europe's Platform for the Protection of Journalists to raise these violations of press freedoms with the Turkish authorities.