PM: Government will suspend ratification of ACTA

Prime Minister Petr Nečas says the government will suspend ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Responding to a wave of protests at in the Czech Republic and elsewhere, the Prime Minister said that the government would not allow a situation where civic freedoms and free access to information would be threatened and added that the government will still analyse the issue and its potential impact on daily life. In recent days, Internet activists have blocked the websites of the Czech government, the copyright protection association and the Chamber of Deputies to protest the agreement. The aim of ACTA, which the Czech Republic joined in January, is to combat the spread of counterfeit goods and internet piracy. It must still be ratified by the Czech Parliament in order to take effect.