Lobbying over copyright reform crossed a line. No MEP should be subject to serious threats

S&D MEPs vote to protect freedom of panorama and effective copyright reform

Over the last few days, numerous MEPs have received serious threats and verbal abuse over the proposed reform of EU copyright rules. Heated debate is a vital part of the political process, but organisations and lobby groups need to ensure that this does not cross the line into encouraging harassment.

S&D Group president Udo Bullmann said:

“The reform of copyright is a hotly debated topic and one that creates strong feelings on both sides of the argument. This is true across Europe and within our own political family. Passionate debate is an essential part of the political process, however we have to ensure that this does not cross the line. Numerous MEPs have been subject to serious threats in the last few days. This is completely unacceptable. The lobby groups pushing on both sides of the debate need to realise that their actions have consequences. We encourage all those involved to tone down the rhetoric and make sure that threats of physical violence, or even death, are never acceptable.”

“There has been a lot of misleading information spread ahead of this vote. We will not accept the level of abuse and intimidation that has been given over the last few days. We will defend the autonomy of the European Parliament and the right of our MEPs to work without being threatened.”