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Freedom Of Expression In Turkey

EDM number 821 in 2015-16, proposed by Ann Clwyd on 04/12/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Freedom of information and Middle East.

That this House is deeply concerned by the risks faced by those attempting to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression in Turkey, including in connection with legal proceedings initiated against journalists and others accused of criticising Government officials; notes in this connection that Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index 2015; is alarmed that a court in Istanbul recently charged two journalists, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, from the Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying, after they published information purporting to show the Turkish intelligence agency helping to send weapons to Islamist groups in Syria; is shocked by the murder of eminent human rights lawyer Tahir Elci, caught in a gun battle between police and unidentified gunmen on 28 November 2015, after a press conference in which he had made an appeal for peace between Turkish security forces and Kurdish rebels; further notes that he had previously experienced intimidation and harassment and at the time of his death faced criminal charges for expressing his opinion; calls on the Turkish authorities to free Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, and to conduct a full and transparent investigation into Tahir Elci's murder; and urges the Government to raise these issues as a matter of urgency with the Turkish government, while continuing to work with Turkish authorities to address the pressing needs of Syrian refugees.

This motion has been signed by a total of 29 MPs.

Ann Clwyd04/12/2015Cynon ValleyLabourProposed
Mark Durkan04/12/2015FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Tom Brake04/12/2015Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Martyn Day07/12/2015Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySeconded
Alan Meale07/12/2015MansfieldLabourSeconded
Margaret Ritchie07/12/2015South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Kelvin Hopkins07/12/2015Luton NorthLabourSigned
John McNally08/12/2015FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Jim Cunningham08/12/2015Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Ian Blackford08/12/2015Ross, Skye and LochaberScottish National PartySigned
Jim Shannon08/12/2015StrangfordDUPSigned
Lady Hermon08/12/2015North DownIndependentSigned
Stephen Gethins09/12/2015North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Paul Flynn09/12/2015Newport WestLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell09/12/2015East LondonderryDUPSigned
Mark Williams10/12/2015CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Monaghan10/12/2015Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySigned
Nigel Dodds10/12/2015Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Gavin Robinson10/12/2015Belfast EastDUPSigned
Peter Bottomley14/12/2015Worthing WestConservativeSigned
David Winnick14/12/2015Walsall NorthLabourSigned
Neil Gray17/12/2015Airdrie and ShottsScottish National PartySigned
Roger Godsiff05/01/2016Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Margaret Ferrier07/01/2016Rutherglen and Hamilton WestScottish National PartySigned
Patrick Grady11/01/2016Glasgow NorthScottish National PartySigned
Caroline Lucas11/01/2016Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Carol Monaghan02/02/2016Glasgow North WestScottish National PartySigned
Helen Goodman15/03/2016Bishop AucklandLabourSigned
Hywel Williams09/05/2016ArfonPlaid CymruSigned

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