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Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 10:45:34 CET 2009

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From: Jérémie ZIMMERMANN - La Quadrature du Net <jz at laquadrature.net>
Date: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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Will the EP turns its back on Internet rights?

*** Brussels, November 4th 2009 - On the eve of a crucial conciliation
meeting that will decide on the fate of the "Telecoms Package", the
European Parliament must decide whether it will keep its promise to
protect citizens rights online. Will the European Parliament send a
dangerous message to Member States, about allowing extrajudicial
restrictions of Internet access? Should fundamental rights be sacrificed
in an attempt to finish Telecoms Package at any cost? ***

On Wednesday evening, if the European Parliament and the Council of the
EU find an agreement on what could replace "amendment 138", the meetings
on the conciliation of the Telecoms Package might very well be the last
ones. An agreement might be found between the Parliament's neutralized
version, and the dangerous compromise proposed by the Council. None of
the texts on the table guarantees the freedom to access to the Internet
without restrictions from private parties or administrative authorities
such as in "three strikes" schemes.

What we expect from our elected European representatives in the
negotiation is the following:

 * A clear defense of fundamental rights on the Internet.

 * A guarantee that no administrative body or corporation can restrict
our access to the Net.

 * The consideration of access to the Net as a basic right that cannot
be waived without complete judicial guarantees in the whole process.

"It is much more important to protect fundamental rights than to push
for a quick agreement at any cost. Disturbingly, the Parliament
delegation used a tailored and debatable legal argumentation that
suggests that the Parliament have no competence to defend citizens
rights when they are endangered by corporations or governments."
concludes Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of the citizen advocacy group
La Quadrature du Net.

** About la Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) is citizen group informing about
legislative projects menacing civil liberties as well as economic and
social development in the digital age.

La Quadrature du Net informs citizens, public authorities,
organizations, corporations.

It works with everyone to elaborate balanced alternative solutions.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, european and international
NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations :

** Press contact and press room **

Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675


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