Terrible news: the European Parliament just granted corporations a blanket right to secrecy.
I’m not going to sugar-coat it: this is really hard to stomach.
The Parliament voted in favour of the “Trade Secrets Protection Directive” -- a law that gives corporations alarming new superpowers to prosecute and criminalise whistleblowers, journalists, and news organisations that publish leaked internal documents.
This law will deter people from speaking out so corporations can keep getting away with things like corporate tax avoidance, human rights breaches, and environmental ruin.
But this fight is not over.
The Council of the European Union still has to approve the Directive. Nation states have to implement it -- and they have considerable discretion in deciding the penalties for breach of this law.
Please, will you chip in to help protect our democracy and stop the Trade Secrets Protection Directive?
Corporate Europe Observatory. 5 April 2016.