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article imageACTA has a brand-new rapporteur – Internet censorship treaty

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By Anne Sewell     Feb 8, 2012 in Internet
After the resignation of Kader Arif as rapporteur of this treaty, the world sighed in relief, thinking this might put the ACTA treaty out of action.
According to The Inquirer, Kader Arif had said "I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement. As rapporteur of this text, I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens' legitimate demands."
And now there is a brand-new rapporteur waiting in the wings. Minister of the European Parliament (MEP) David Martin has been given the job.
According to the Inquirer Mr Martin, the new rapporteur might not agree with Mr Arif, and the internet rights group Laquadrature du Net , said that:
"... he has a track record of serving corporate interests and will have to work hard to convince treaty opponents that he understands the ramifications of ratifying the agreement."
It will be necessary for David Martin to prove that he understands the ACTA treaty circumvents democracy and endangers online freedoms for the sole benefit of a few special interest groups, according to the group's co-founder Philippe Aigrain.
Mr Martin said
"I want the Parliament to have a facts-based discussion and not a debate around myths. That is why I want to have an open debate with all actors concerned. ACTA is meant to be about better enforcement of existing copyright and intellectual property rights through international cooperation."
Mr Martin also said that ACTA should not change existing European law in this area and that he will be perusing the text of the treaty thoroughly to ensure that ACTA respects the existing body of EU law.
We can only hope that Mr Martin consults internet experts on the possible negative outcome of this draconian treaty. Please watch the video for more information:
There is a global day of action against ACTA on 11 February 2012 and various petitions against the treaty, two of which are included below:
avaaz.org
accessnow.org
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