Iceland

Iceland

“Absolute” free speech, the constitution says

This small island nation ambitiously aspires to become the El Dorado of investigative journalism and online media. In June 2010, its parliament unanimously adopted the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), which aims to create a favorable environment for the protection of sources, transparency, media freedom, and independence. It also aims to defend whistleblowers and protect against “libel tourism,” under which plaintiffs sue in the countries with the most favorable legislation (for plaintiffs), regardless of where they or the defendants are based. Though the constitution guarantees “absolute” freedom of expression, the situation of journalists has worsened since 2012 because relations between politicians and media have soured.

10
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+9

19 in 2016

Global score

-2.27

15.30 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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