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Sri Lanka: Press Freedom

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sri Lanka on the freedom and security of journalists working in that country. (190553)

In April 2007, our then High Commissioner in Colombo discussed the issue with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollogama. During that meeting, the High Commissioner made clear that the UK would continue to defend fundamental rights and values such as media freedom.

Our High Commission in Colombo meets journalists on a regular basis and responds to any requests for assistance. We are aware of the recent report by “Reporters Without Borders” which catalogues serious violations of press freedom in Sri Lanka. The UK will continue to work with national and international partners to support media freedom.