Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

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Department for Culture, Media, and Sport Questions in Parliament - 15/01/2015

Today at DCMS questions I asked the Minister about what steps he has taken to protect the rights of free speech and free press in the wake of the horrific murders in Paris:

After the horrific murders in France last week it has never been more important unequivocally to assert our commitment to the right of free speech and a free press, the right to be provocative and even offensive and including the right to lampoon religion.

But after last week the reality is that a shadow hangs over broadcasters, bloggers, journalists and satirists.  They, and their staff, should not have to look over their shoulder fearing violence. 

What has he done to reassure them not only of the government's in principle support but that every step is being taken to give them the security they need to exercise their rights in our democratic society.  Has he spoken directly with the media about their concerns and what discussions has he had with the Prime Minister and the with Home Secretary about this?

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