Posted by: rowenawilcox | February 12, 2010

Iceland: A journalist’s nirvana?

Bliss: Picturesque Iceland. (© Ragnar)

Iceland could become whistle-blowing capital of the world as proposals have been made to introduce new laws to protect journalists.

A number of Icelandic MPs have teamed up with Wikileaks, the non-profit site that has made a name for itself by publishing leaked material, in a proposal to encourage the country’s government to adopt ‘journalist-friendly’ laws.

Iceland’s government have been called upon by the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) to introduce policies that would protect journalists and their sources and the proposal will be filed by Althingi, Iceland’s Parliament, on February 16.

Wikileaks, hit the headlines itself in October 2009 after it posted a document listing members of the BNP with their names and addresses.

Currently, the Wikileaks.org is down stating: “To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, but will be back soon.”

It will be interesting to see whether the legislation will be made as it could prove monumental across the whole media industry.

For further information, click here.

The video (below) is taken from the Culture Show and features an indepth look behind the scenes at the infamous whistle-blowing site and an interview with its editor, Julian Assange.

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