Welcome to Iceland: ‘Press Freedom Haven’

iceland_parliamnet_0WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has been all over Scandinavia lately. First a columnist position for a Swedish tabloid, now he’s in Iceland to help parliament protect the freedom of speech in the media. From RTÉ:

After Iceland’s near-economic collapse laid bare deep-seated corruption, the country aims to become a safe haven for journalists and whistleblowers from around the globe by creating the world’s most far-reaching freedom of information legislation.

The project is being developed with the help of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

It flies in the face of a growing tendency of governments trying to stifle a barrage of secret and sometimes embarrassing information made readily available by the internet.

On 16 June a unanimous parliament voted in favour of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a resolution aimed at protecting investigative journalists and their sources.

‘We took all the best laws from around the world and pulled them together, just like tax havens do, in order to create freedom of information and expression, a transparency haven,’ Birgitta Jonsdottir, the member of parliament behind the initiative, said.

Continues at RTÉ

6 Comments on "Welcome to Iceland: ‘Press Freedom Haven’"

  1. The United States wants to end net neutrality so that embarrassing information doesn't get published.

    Informed citizens is a bad thing.

  2. Well…at least one country took the concept of a free press and ran with it…because the US may have enshrined the concept as law, but quickly gutted it and threw it aside as soon as it proved to be inconvenient.

  3. Hadrian999 | Aug 21, 2010 at 1:49 am |

    i wonder if they'll get rogue state status.
    I'm sure it could be framed up as Information Terrorism.

  4. Gemmarama | Aug 21, 2010 at 11:51 am |

    i love iceland. first bjork, now this. plus 54% of the population believe in fairies.

  5. Gemmarama | Aug 21, 2010 at 6:51 am |

    i love iceland. first bjork, now this. plus 54% of the population believe in fairies.

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