Memorandum submitted by Jeffrey Donaldson
I am writing with regard to the inclusion of
certain clauses within the Draft Communications Bill, the result
of which will perpetuate the discriminatory exclusion of the UK
Christian media industry applying for certain broadcast licences
within the United Kingdom.
As you will be aware there is widespread support
within the House of Commons for the UK Christian media industry
to have the right to apply for such broadcast licences. This has
been reflected in support for a number of Motions tabled in the
Commons as well as a significant number of petitions that have
been presented to Parliament in support of broadcast freedom for
Christians in the UK.
I believe that the inclusion of these discriminatory
clauses within the Draft Communications Bill represents a potential
breach by the UK Government of our obligations under the European
Convention on Human Rights and the UN Charter on Human Rights.
I would remind you that Article 55 of the UN Charter states that
there should be "universal respect for, and observance of,
human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction
as to race, sex, language, or religion."
I would therefore urge you in your deliberations
regarding the Draft Communications Bill to urgently consider removing
the discriminatory clauses, which exclude the UK Christian media
industry from making applications for broadcast licences within
the United Kingdom.