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Poland suspends ratification of treaty

Poland suspends ratification of treaty
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In Poland, Prime Minister Donald Tusk has announced that he will freeze the ratification of a multilateral agreement known as ACTA.

The premier said there will have to be broader discussion on the treaty and he has not ruled out that it may not be ultimately approved.

Poland, like other countries, signed the agreement on January 26. It is intended to fight against counterfeiting but also illegal downloading.

Critics believe the agreement is a threat to freedom of expression and fear that its application would lead to the closure of many internet sites. Their protest campaign is backed by Anonymous an online protest movement which campaigns for freedom on the web.

ACTA has been negotiated between the European Union and, among other countries, the United States and Japan. Poland is the only country that has seen major opposition to the treaty.