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Wikileaks & Icelandic Parliament To Create Free Speech Safe Haven

The Icelandic Government has been working alongside anonymous mass document leaking website Wikileaks to create a safe haven for offshore journalists...

Claudia Cukrov
Claudia Cukrov on February 16, 2010. @claudiacukrov

The Icelandic Government has been working alongside anonymous mass document leaking website Wikileaks to create a safe haven for offshore journalists and whistle-blowers.  Dubbed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, the proposal aims to;

…task the government with finding ways to strengthen freedom of expression around world and in Iceland, as well as providing strong protections for sources and whistleblowers. To this end the legal environment should be explored in such a way that the goals can be defined, and changes to law or new law proposals can be prepared. The legal environments of other countries should be considered, with the purpose of assembling the best laws to make Iceland a leader of freedoms of expression and information. We also feel it is high time to establish the first Icelandic international prize: The Icelandic Freedom of Expression Award.

In an interview with Nieman Journalism Lab‘s Jonathan Stray, Icelandic parliament member Birgitta Jónsdóttir confirmed a proposal for media law reform will be put to parliament on Tuesday 16th February.  Under the proposed laws – protection will be granted to all anonymous sources who go public after “a promise of confidentiality by a journalist or media organization”; whistle-blowers who “reveal important matters in the public interest” and internet service providers.

See the Wikileaks release:



[Nieman Journalism Lab via City of Sound]

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