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ICELAND - Journalists hope for freedom of speech

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

ICELAND (AP):

Hoping to make Iceland a global home for freedom of speech, lawmakers are asking the government this week to implement a journalist's dream package of legislation promising a safe haven for reporters who want to dig deep, hit hard, and avoid being sued.

The idea has found traction with Icelanders after last year's devastating economic collapse, during which the public saw first-hand the drawbacks of a too-cosy relationship between government and media. The economic crisis itself was partly traced to corruption unearthed by reporters abroad, prompting calls for improving information access and protecting whistle-blowers.