Iceland’s parliament has passed a sweeping press freedom bill pushed by Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, in a marathon all-night session. Assange has said that the goal was to make Iceland a “journalism haven” that would be an attractive home base for investigative reporters from around the world. The law sought to combine pro-press laws from around the world into a single piece of legislation, such as ending “libel tourism” (filing libel suits in the most favorable jurisdiction regardless of where the parties are based) and protecting intermediaries that publish reporting (Internet hosts, for example). WikiLeaks joyfully tweeted the victory.
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