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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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    Derek Bredensteiner (profile), 12 Feb 2010 @ 4:02pm

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    I just can't wrap my head around this "responsibility for speech" concept a few folks seem to advocate. You say it with such seriousness that it makes me think you must have some reasoning behind it, I just don't get it.

    How can we have any sort of reasonable discourse and make any sort of progress if either party is afraid of reprisal for the things they say?

    I assume you hide behind a pseudonym because you do fear consequences from your speech, however unjust those consequences may be. Perhaps even as simple as some people might (unjustifiably) take some inappropriate action against you. But you argue that everyone else should take full responsibility for everything they say because there's never any consequences?

    It's not just the government to fear, it's idiots too.

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