Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) says the government is very concerned about the pressure on freedom of expression after Siv Jensen called for solidarity and support of Macron earlier in the day.
“I want to say to Siv Jensen that the government has been clear in its solidarity with France, in the defense of universal human rights and our common values such as freedom of expression, and by clearly stating that the attacks on Macron’s defense of freedom of expression are unacceptable,” Søreide (H) told news bureau NTB.
Earlier on Thursday, FRP leader Siv Jensen called for the Norwegian government to give French President Emmanuel Macron unreserved support and condemn Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s behavior in the new caricature dispute.
Søreide pointed out that the Norwegian authorities are working to promote and protect freedom of expression worldwide and have allocated NOK 70 million for this work in recent years.
“We are very concerned with the fact that freedom of expression is under pressure,” Søreide noted.
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