[P2P-F] Fwd: [opennetcoalition] #CharlieHebdo: No To Securitarian Instrumentalisation

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Sat Jan 10 16:39:11 CET 2015

hi Kevin,

given the context , thanks for publishing this on the blog as well!
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From: La Quadrature du Net <contact at laquadrature.net>
Date: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 2:25 AM
Subject: [opennetcoalition] #CharlieHebdo: No To Securitarian
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La Quadrature du Net – For immediate release

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#CharlieHebdo: No To Securitarian Instrumentalisation

*** Paris, 9 January, 2015 — Without even waiting for the end of
investigations on the despicable attack against Charlie Hebdo on January
7th, the government is set on increasing counter-terrorist arsenal, first
by notifying [1] Brussels the decree implementing “terrorists” or child
pornography websites blockade but also by announcing [2] new
counter-terrorism measures. La Quadrature du Net calls on citizens to
reject this absurd escalation and show determination in defending the
freedom of expression and information. ***

The attack against Charlie Hebdo's team is a terrible reminder that freedom
of speech is a value that must be defended as a foundation for our
democracy. The victims of the attack, journalists, policemen or visitors
gave their lives for what is no only a symbol but the first of civil rights
in a democracy.

The great popular emotion that sparked spontaneously in favor of freedom of
speech and in memory of the victims is a sign of hope which shows the
ability of French citizens (and of the whole world) to defend these values
we hold dear: freedom of speech, freedom of information, respect of the
rule of law and the democratic ideal.

This is why La Quadrature du Net warns solemnly the French government led
by Prime Minister Manuel Valls against any attempt of political recovery of
this terrible event by the establishment of new emergency laws. Since 1986,
every terrorist act has been followed by a counter-terrorism law, which
always lead to undermine fundamental freedoms under the pretext of more
security. Today, the last counter-terrorism law adopted in November 2014
[3] has not even been implemented, but the government is already announced
new measures, without taking the time to assess the efficiency of current

In the aftermath of the attack against Charlie Hebdo, the French government
notified the European Commission of the imminent publication of the decrees
implementing the LOPPSI law, allowing the administrative blockade (without
the intervention of a judge) of websites advocating or provoking terrorism.
Against all the informed analysis that point to the ineffectiveness of
those measures and their intrusiveness of civil liberties, and without any
clear link between this week's attack and online communications. The
government answers to an attack on civil rights with another restriction of
freedom of expression and the rule of law. What a bad tribute to pay to
those who gave their lives for freedom of speech...

La Quadrature du Net calls on the European Commission to proceed with its
assessment of the harmful consequences of this decree on website blocking.
We also urge the French government to abandon new legislations restricting
civil rights, and citizens to continue voicing their commitment to freedom
of speech by marking their refusal of these dangerous measures.

To answer to terror with the restrictions of civil rights and the rule of
law is an endless trap. It betrays our democratic ideals and betrays all
those in the world and in France who died for rights and freedoms.

* References *


** About La Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and
freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for
the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding
principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.

In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better
understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and
pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage
citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the
digital age.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international
NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations:

** Press contact and press room **

contact at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)972 294 426


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