[A2k] FW: Secret Negotiations Against Internet Freedom Continue this Week in Chile
pmaybarduk at citizen.org
Wed Apr 11 20:46:12 PDT 2012
Re: Today's event on A2K in Santiago: http://infojustice.org/archives/9433
From: Steven Knievel [mailto:sknievel at citizen.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:53 PM
"More Tumult at the TPP: Secret Negotiations Against Internet Freedom Continue this Week in Chile; Big Pharma Allies Attempt to Shut Down Critics' Event (Again)"
Find our blog post on the latest developments of the TPP in Santiago here: http://www.citizenvox.org/2012/04/11/more-tumult-at-the-tpp/
Talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which the U.S. is negotiating with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, are continuing this week (April 9-13) in Santiago, Chile<http://www.citizen.org/chile-country-page> in the form of an "intersessional meeting" on intellectual property (IP) - focusing on internet policy. The last time such a meeting was convened on IP in January in Hollywood, a stakeholder event organized by public interest groups in the same hotel as the negotiations was cancelled after the hotel received pressure from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120131/23161417605/hollywood-gets-to-party-with-tpp-negotiators-public-interest-groups-get-thrown-out-hotel.shtml> Simultaneously, USTR made sure the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had access to negotiators, as they were given an exclusive tour of 20th Century Fox Studios guided by a representative of the studio's government relations office.
"This week, American University and the University of Chile arranged to host an event to present analyses critical of particular proposals in the TPP. These include leaked provisions that would greatly favor Big Pharma, expand drug monopolies and raise medicine prices.<http://www.citizen.org/leaked-trade-negotiation-documents-and-analysis> The keynote speaker was to be Senator Ricardo Lagos, a major political figure in Chile considered to be a possible candidate for the Presidency. Nevertheless, the public University of Chile law school canceled the event on less than two days' notice, evidently on the advice of a member of the faculty who is a paid advisor of the multinational pharmaceutical companies' association in Chile (the Cámara de Industria Farmacéutica, or CIF).
The cancellation sent organizers scrambling for a new venue, which they found in Chile's Catholic University.<http://infojustice.org/archives/9433>"
Read more here: http://www.citizenvox.org/2012/04/11/more-tumult-at-the-tpp/
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