Digital Economy Bill to be Passed Through in "Wash up"

Hundreds of protestors are expected to march today against the digital economy bill which is currently being passed through parliament.

The protestors will carry black placards and cover their eyes and ears with black tape to highlight their disgust at proposals to block websites and disconnect those accused of illegal file sharing.

Through the website 38degrees, which encourages citizen advocacy, More than 12,000 members of the public have sent letters to their MPs demanding a debate over the controversial bill.

"We want a debate," said Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, "Without the appropriate legal scrutiny the government's plans will criminalise innocent people and prevent them from conducting their lives, work or education online."

The bill has already had one reading in the house of commons and only needs one more to be pushed through in the "wash up", which is the process by which bills are allowed through on agreement of party whips after the election is called.

The second reading of the bill is predicted to take place on 6th April, the same day on which Gordon Brown is expected to announce a general election.

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