Thursday, 2 February 2012

De Gucht merits ACTA rejection

We learn, although not from the website of Karel De Gucht, but from La Quadrature du Net, that the EU trade commissioner has written a letter to the members of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) in the European Parliament, accusing civil society campaigners against ACTA of misinformation or misrepresentation and telling the the MEPs why ACTA is such a great achievement (plus 10 myths about ACTA and ACTA arguments 25.01.2012 to give them courage).

No bridge-building from a belligerent De Gucht. A mixture of irritation and arrogance is perhaps the best description of how the trade commissioner views the worries and resistance from the citizens he is supposed to serve.

This has been the attitude from the beginning, and it looks like the way it is going to continue.

De Gucht speaks about the netizens, but not with them. They are wrong or worse. Period. He expects the European Parliament to do its duty by giving its consent to the Anti-Counterfeiting (and much else) Trade Agreement.

Indeed, many wild assertions have been made about ACTA, but the propaganda bulldozer demonstrates an astonishing lack of sensitivity and understanding of legitimacy.

On these grounds alone, ACTA needs to fail.

Ralf Grahn

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