Thursday, June 17, 2010

Iceland becomes a media haven

Iceland's Althingi has unanimously passed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative:

Created with the involvement of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, it increases protection for anonymous sources, creates new protections from so-called "libel tourism" and makes it much harder to censor stories before they are published.

"It will be the strongest law of its kind anywhere," said Birgitta Jonsdottir, MP for The Movement party and member of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, which first made the proposals. "We're taking the best laws from around the world and putting them into one comprehensive package that will deal with the fact that information doesn't have borders any more."

The law also prevents foreign judgements which violate freedom of speech from being enforced in Iceland, effectively turning the state into a haven for media organisations. ABC and Der Spiegel are apparently already looking at shifting some of their investigate journalism operations there to take advantage of this.

This is a good law. It protects the interests of the people against those of governments and corporations. So, anyone want to put up a member's bill to do the same thing here?