This week, Iceland's parliament will be debating one of the most radical media proposals to be floated in a long time: the
. In essence, the plan aims to fix some of the damage that the country's banking crisis did to its economy by making Iceland a haven for journalists. As the
notes, it's a bit of a hodge-podge of the best of free speech protection legislation from around the world: a bit of source protection law from Belgium, some whistleblower laws from the US, and most interestingly, some New York State laws designed to block "libel tourism" cases, essentially the practice of suing in Britain's notoriously tough courts for pieces written anywhere in the world, just because they were published online.
The piece notes that only about a third of parliament supports the proposal at the moment, but even that much is pretty wild, and would never have happened had it not been for the banking crash. The core of the proposal notes that where journalism is produced is increasingly unimportant today, which opens up economic opportunities for countries willing to create legal protections for media-making. That recognition certainly moves the international debate forward, regardless of whether the measure passes.
Here's the pitch: