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UK MPs to debate press freedom, safety of protesters in India next week

British lawmakers will debate the issue of press freedom and safety of protesters in India next Monday in response to an e-petition which had crossed the 100,000-signature threshold required for such a debate, the House of Commons Petitions Committee confirmed on Wednesday. The 90-minute debate will be held at Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament complex in London and will be opened by Scottish National Party (SNP) MP and member of the Petitions Committee Martyn Day, and a minister will be deputed to respond on behalf of the UK government. The debate relates to the petition entitled Urge the Indian Government to ensure safety of protesters press freedom , which called on the British government to make a public statement on the #kissanprotests press freedoms. Next week, the issue will come up for debate and is expected to involve backbench MPs who have been vocal on the issue of farmers protests in India, including Opposition Labour MP Tan Dhesi. India has ...


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