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Through its programme of activities, the BGIPU seeks to engage Parliamentarians in key global issues and works to expand awareness and understanding of foreign relations and the contribution to be made by the UK Parliament to consolidate parliamentary democracy worldwide.

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International Parliamentary Seminar on Media Freedom

  • BGIPU Chair Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP discusses media freedom with BBC Africa Commissioning Editor Nisha Kapur & undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas
  • BBC's Jamie Angus speaks at a press freedom event in the IPU Room of the UK Parliament to mak one year of its Africa Eye programme supporting investigative and other journalism on the continent
  • UK Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has made defending media freedom a key priority for UK foreign policy and will host a global conference in July 2019.JPG

Globally, threats to journalists are the highest they have been in ten years and according to Freedom House, a mere 13% of the global population have access to a free press. As highlighted in a recent House of Lords Library Briefing, UNESCO says every day serves as a reminder that "in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered".

The UK Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP launched in late 2018 the FCO’s international campaign to promote media freedom and co-hosted with his Canadian counterpart, Chrystia Freeland PC MP, from 10-11 July 2019, the world’s first Global Conference on Media Freedom. The FCO’s campaign and global conference provided an opportunity to evaluate domestic and international developments, and bring some vision to how to defend media freedom and end impunity for those who commit crimes against journalists.

Complementary to FCO efforts, the UK Parliament will host an International Parliamentary Seminar on Media Freedom and the Protection of Journalists under the auspices of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU). The Chair of the British Group of the IPU, Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, has invited members of parliament from across the world to take part in this event at the Palace of Westminster in London from Monday 9th September to Wednesday 11th September 2019.

The purpose of the International Parliamentary Seminar on Media Freedom is to bring together parliamentarians from a wide array of countries to collaborate with other key stakeholders and explore the parliamentary dimension of media protection. It will allow for follow-up to the key outcomes from the FCO conference in July and provide an opportunity to discuss parliament-driven solutions to issues affecting journalists and the media industry.

For further information please contact: bgipuseminar@parliament.uk