by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jun 16th 2010 1:02pm
paperbag was the first of a few of you to let us know that the Wikileaks-backed proposal in Iceland, to establish wide ranging free speech/free press/free expression rules has passed, unanimously. Basically, the law is designed to protect operations like Wikileaks, and encourage more and more protections for speech. While it's a great step forward for those who believe in protecting free expression, some have pointed out that that it probably won't have that much of an actual impact, because of the way most countries interpret jurisdictional issues. That is, outside of Iceland, those press freedoms may be effectively meaningless. I hope that's not actually true, but given the way some recent rulings have gone, I wouldn't be surprised. Still, from the standpoint of catalyzing important discussions about free expression and protection of journalistic activities, hopefully it gets other countries thinking about ways to fix their laws, rather than relying on outdated regulations.
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