Wikileaks and Iceland MPs propose ‘journalism haven’

Iceland could become a “journalism haven” if a proposal put forward by some Icelandic MPs aided by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks succeeds. The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), calls on the country’s government to adopt laws protecting journalists and their sources. It will be filed with the Althingi – Iceland’s parliament – on 16 February. If the proposal succeeds it will require the Icelandic government to consider introducing legislation. Julian Assange, Wikileak’s editor, said that the idea was to “try and reform Iceland’s media law to be a very attractive jurisdiction for investigative journalists”. The hope is that journalist friendly laws will encourage media businesses to move to Iceland. The IMMI aims to pull together good practice from around the world and incorporate it into a single body of law. Measures in the IMMI include legal protection for sources and whistleblowers and the protection of communications between sources and journalists. The proposals also include steps to end so-called “libel tourism”, the practice of pursuing libel actions in the most favourable legal jurisdiction irrespective of where the parties are based. But legal threats are faced not just by journalists, but by publishers, internet hosts and other “intermediaries”, Wikileaks said. As a result, the proposals include plans to clarify the protection for “mere conduits”. Wikileaks has been working with a small group of Icelandic legislators on the issue


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