Iceland Wants To Become A Hub For Free Speech Journalism Protection

from the didn't-see-that-coming dept

Iceland got some bad press in the last year over its massive rise and devastating fall as a financial powerhouse, despite having such a tiny population. But now, the isolated island nation has decided that if it can't be the center of the financial world, it might as well become the hub for investigative journalism. It's set to announce "the strongest combination of source protection, freedom of speech, and libel-tourism prevention laws in the world." My first thought on hearing of this was that it sounded like the country wanted to become a haven for Wikileaks... and, indeed, the report at Nieman Lab says that Wikileaks was involved in drafting the new legislation. I think this is a great idea -- and the world needs places where free speech is much more seriously protected, but I do wonder how it will work in practice.

Filed Under: free speech, iceland, investigative journalism, journalism, wikileaks


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    The Anti-Mike (profile), 12 Feb 2010 @ 2:45pm

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    I support free speech for those who are willing to take responsibility for their speech.

    The "freedom of speech" is a one sided concept that allows people to say whatever they want without concern. Freedom of Speech is too often a cover for dishonest speech, misleading speech, and so on.

    Without a fair balance between free speech and responsibility for that speech, it just becomes another abusive weapon.

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