Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesperson for Wikileaks in Iceland, urged the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs on political chat program Silfur Egils yesterday to condemn the attacks Wikileaks has been subjected to lately.
Kristinn Hrafnsson on Silfur Egils. Click here to watch the program.
According to Morgunbladid, Hrafnsson mentioned credit card companies that Wikileaks trades with preventing their customers from making donations to the organization in that regard.
“I believe that the government should contribute by condemning these mindless attacks on the media and the freedom of the media,” Hrafnsson commented. “Our partner companies are seeking legal means to have the damage compensated and to open up the channels.”
“I understand that the Danish company Teller which is responsible for processing the transactions will shortly give an explanation for this conduct and take a position on the obligation for compensation,” Hrafnsson elaborated.
The matter was discussed in the Althingi parliament’s General Committee last week. After the meeting the committee’s chairman announced that further information from the credit card companies in question will be sought.
“We [Icelanders] have made some bold decisions which haven’t been likely to win us any popularity in the short term,” Hrafnsson replied when asked why the Icelandic government should interfere in the affairs of Wikileaks.
He mentioned acknowledging Lithuania’s independence, granting Bobby Fischer Icelandic citizenship and resuming commercial whaling in that connection.
Hrafnsson said important interests are at stake, referencing Althingi’s recent resolution on a policy of free media and the freedom of speech. “It is a very serious and senseless attack on an organization which is fighting for transparency and responsible governing.”
Hrafnsson added it can be defined as the “privatization of censorship” when financial companies directly or indirectly cave under pressure by preventing free contributions and in that way depriving the public of the right to express their opinions by such means.
He concluded by saying that he has sensed a lot of goodwill lately.
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