European Parliament's IT department recently started blocking emails from citizens after the citizens tried to reach out to MEPs to protest over proposed porn ban.
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European Parliament is all set to vote on the issue of banning porn all across Europe. The voting is due next week and it has caused a wave of protest among the citizens, who started emailing their respective members of the European Parliament (MEP). But MEPs asked the IT department to block these emails and save them the trouble.


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It is rather shocking to note that in a bloc of countries, all of which are democratic, elected members of a parliament consider the opinion of their citizens as spam and want to have it blocked. The issue wouldn’t have come to light had the Pirate Party member, Christian Engstrom, not blown whistle on it.

Engstrom is an MEP himself and according to him, he was really happy with the excellent response of the citizens over the issue. He further stated that before 12 in the noon, he had received more than 350 emails today. But then the emails stopped coming all of a sudden.

Before this, several MEPs had complained to the IT department about the influx of emails and sought their help. Apparently, the department found a solution by blocking all emails on the issue of ‘porn ban’ altogether.

Citing his anger over the incident, Engstrom writes in a blog post, “This is an absolute disgrace, in my opinion. A parliament that views input from citizens on a current issue as spam, has very little democratic legitimacy in my opinion. I will be writing a letter to the President of the European Parliament to complain about this totally undemocratic practice.”

Source: Christian Engstrom

Courtesy: CNET

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