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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    Ex local music promoter geek, 14 Feb 2010 @ 7:07pm

    What about when the servers all end up in Iceland?

    When lawsuits and DMCA gets more abusive in the states, people are going to be anonymously posting to servers in Iceland, because Iceland will protect anonymity and free speech. Which is a huge economic boon to Iceland. And once the economic benefits are realized, I'd bet that other countries will start changing laws to bust of their piece of the cheddar.

    Perhaps not the US, UK, China etc. but smaller countries with smoother legal systems and no real industry might start to recognize the economic potential that 100 technophiles and 10,000 servers might offer their nation.

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