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Alternative to Wikileaks Arises in Iceland by Lowana Veal

In Europe, information, internet, media, politics on May 13, 2013 at 21:16

From: Alternative to Wikileaks Arises in Iceland by Lowana Veal, Common Dreams, https://www.commondreams.org

With the imprisonment of Bradley Manning and detainment of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is effectively on hold. But that does not mean that leaks and whistleblowing activities have stopped.

The Associated Whistle-blowing Press (AWP) seeks to provide impartial news based on wikileaks’ raw data. Credit: Bradley Manning Support Network/CC-BY-SA-2.0 GlobaLeaks lists a large number of leak sites, which are active to different degrees. Soon The Associated Whistleblowing Press (AWP) will be added to the list.

Iceland may seem a strange place to house a whistleblowing service, but Noel says one of the main reasons for the decision is the Iceland Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) parliamentary resolution that was passed unanimously in 2010 by the Icelandic Althingi (parliament) with the aim of giving safe space to whistleblowers and investigative journalists.

The resolution also wants the Althingi to introduce a new legislative regime to protect and strengthen freedom of expression, allowing Iceland to become an international transparency haven.

Initiated by activist and parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, the IMMI resolution pulls together the best sections of transparency legislation from all over the world. To become law, it now has to be put through the legislative process. This has suffered some setbacks, but is progressing slowly.

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Reposted with permission from: Common Dreams

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