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MEP Arlene McCarthy invokes pedop0rn against Net Neutrality

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  1. Shameless... This e-mail was sent around on April 2nd 2014 by British member of EU Parliament Arlene McCarthy to her colleagues to call on them to vote against the pro-Net Neutrality amendments of her own political group.
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  3. >     Dear colleague,
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  5. >      
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  7. >     I'm writing to you to outline my serious concerns regarding a
  8. >     number of last minute amendments tabled by Catherine Trautmann on
  9. >     behalf of our group to the single market for electronic
  10. >     communications regulation.
  11. >
  12. >      
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  14. >     I want to draw colleagues' attention to the impacts of these last
  15. >     minute amendments.   The S&D amendments, co-signed with GUE and
  16. >     the Greens, claim to promote a free and open internet.  However,
  17. >     the consequence of these amendments will be to prevent actions
  18. >     against degrading, exploitative images of minors.  Child
  19. >     protection agencies would have to apply for a court order in order
  20. >     to take action against such images.  This would be costly and
  21. >     time-consuming.  The amendments would make the protection of
  22. >     vulnerable children online ineffectual and would undermine
  23. >     established national procedures in the Member States.
  24. >
  25. >      
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  27. >     The S&D amendments were drafted with input from organisations such
  28. >     as La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and Access
  29. >     Now.  These organisations support the website savetheinternet.eu
  30. >     <http://savetheinternet.eu> which argues that preventing internet
  31. >     censorship is worth more than the rights of children being
  32. >     exploited online.
  33. >
  34. >      
  35. >
  36. >     I have had the opportunity to shadow the work of police
  37. >     organisations in fighting online child abuse.  The police shared
  38. >     details with me of a case involving 4 EU Member States and over
  39. >     50,000 images of child abuse; the youngest case of abuse involved
  40. >     a 6 month old baby.  I therefore cannot support the S&D amendments
  41. >     which would facilitate access to and continued sharing of child
  42. >     pornography images.
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  44. >      
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  46. >     Whilst I understand that some of our colleagues are concerned
  47. >     about losing votes to the Pirate Party and the Greens, I feel our
  48. >     group's stance on the issue of net neutrality is seriously
  49. >     misguided.  Our LIBE colleagues fought hard to defend the rights
  50. >     of children online, not least during negotiations on the 2011
  51. >     Directive combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of
  52. >     children and child pornography.  We should not sacrifice our
  53. >     principles for the sake of political expediency.
  54. >
  55. >      
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  57. >     I hope that you will join me in rejecting these amendments and
  58. >     ensuring online protection for the most vulnerable in society.
  59. >
  60. >      
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  62. >     Yours sincerely, Arlene
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  66. >     <mime-attachment.png> <http://www.arlenemccarthy.labour.co.uk/>
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  68. >      
  69. >
  70. >     *Arlene McCarthy*
  71. >     Member of the European Parliament
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