Stop the #CensorshipMachine – Suggested talking points

While sending emails to MEPs implies less effort than calling them, emails can also be less effective as they can be easily ignored or deleted by email spam filters. Phonecalls can not be ignored and are therefore the most efficient method to (literally) make our voices heard. We compiled a “You should know- calls best practices” and below, a script suggestion. More, when is the last time you talked to an European Parliamentarian? Here’s how easy it is:

1. Say your name, where you live, and a bit about yourself (for example that you are a parent, a student, an artist, an organisation representative, retired…)

2. Tell them you’re calling about the Copyright Directive and the upcoming JURI committee vote in June.

3. Tell them you oppose Article 13, the plan to make websites build mass content filtering programs.

4. Give an example of how content filtering will have a negative impact. For example, if you want to share a video about an ongoing political protest and there is copyrighted music on the background, this content will be blocked from being uploaded. If you want to use open source code hosting platforms like Github, it will have to install filters to scan your content. If you want to make a meme using an existing cartoon, it will be blocked before you press “Publish”.

5. Tell them that for these reasons, you are asking them to vote against Article 13 in the upcoming Copyright Directive vote. Highlight that this matters a lot to you, and that how they vote on this proposal will influence your vote in the next election.

6. Don’t forget to thank the person at the end of the line, and if you are talking to an assistant, encourage them to pass on your message to the MEP.

We’d love to hear how MEPs are responding! Please write down how the call went – and your notes to us at diego.naranjo(at)edri.org or andreea.belu(at)edri.org. You can include details like whether the person you talked with seemed to support or oppose our cause, and how they reacted to your call. Others are making calls already and it is very important to coordinate among us.

Do you want to show that calling an MEP is not as scary as some would think? Take a video of yourself while you phone MEPs and share it with us. (Don’t put the phone on speaker.)

Thank you!

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