The controversial ACTA (Anti-Copyright Trade Agreement) has lost more support in Europe as the Czech Republic has announced that it will not be supporting the treaty.
Days before the Europe-wide anti-ACTA demonstration day on 11 February, the Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has distanced his country from the treaty, stating that while his government will examine it, they will not support it.
Czech news site Ceskenoviny has reported the premier as saying, “The cabinet cannot accept a situation in which the bedrock of liberty and free access to information is endangered.”
Slovakia and Poland are also distancing themselves from the agreement, citing human rights and Internet freedom as chief reasons.
The European Commission signed ACTA in January and recently publish a series of articles debunking what they called the “myths” surrounding it.
The treaty has to be approved by the European Parliament before it can go into effect, but a massive opposition demonstration is planned for this weekend (Sat 11 February) across hundreds of locations Europe-wide – see the map below for more information, or visit the Protest gegen ACTA Facebook page here.
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