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November 26, 2009 | Jim Killock

Adopt your MP today!

Please adopt your MP and visit them to explain why disconnection is wrong!

24,000 people have signed the petition against disconnection. Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Graham Linehan and ORG patron Neil Gaiman supported massive efforts to get people to sign

 

But a petition is not enough. It's changed the public debate, brought the media onside and got people active. But now we need targeted action to persuade the people making the decision to change this legislation: our MPs.

 

Visits from voters like you will change the minds of MPs. It works, because it shows people really care about their rights.

 

Email us now to say you can help

 

It's very simple. Tell us who your MP is and who you are. (If you don't know, you can find them on http://www.writetothem.com )

 

Just drop a mail to volunteers@openrightsgroup.org  saying you will visit your MP. We'll put them on our list of MPs being visited. Do specify if you'd rather remain anonymous.

 

When you visit them, let us know what they say, and we will record their opinions on our website and wiki.

 

Thank you for taking action today!

 

Thank you for any help you can give. A quick response will cut our workload as we will quickly get a list of MPs who still need lobbying.



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Comments (2)

  1. Aidan Hancock:
    Nov 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned it elsewhere, if so, apologies for repetition, but please have a look at this link, its the EU Telecoms Reform which passed its final reading in the EU Parliament yesterday:

    http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/09/513&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

    I'd like to draw your attention to these sentences in particular:

    Entry into force of the whole telecoms reform package with its publication in the EU's Official Journal (December 2009);

    So it becomes law in the UK within the next few weeks.

    And:

    3 . Protecting citizens' rights relating to internet access by a new internet freedom provision: Following the strong request of the European Parliament, and after long negotiations on this point, the new telecoms rules, in a new Internet freedom provision ( see Annex 1 ), now explicitly state that any measures taken by Member States regarding access to or use of services and applications through telecoms networks must respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens, as they are guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and in general principles of EU law. Such measures must also be appropriate, proportionate and necessary within a democratic society. In particular, they must respect the presumption of innocence and the right to privacy. With regard to any measures of Member States taken on their Internet access (e.g. to fight child pornography or other illegal activities), citizens in the EU are entitled to a prior fair and impartial procedure, including the right to be heard, and they have a right to an effective and timely judicial review.



    I dont know what else needs to be said. Mandelson's proposal is surely, clearly, unequivocably illegal and will fall at the first legal challenge.

    Cheers

    Aidan



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