Parliament Committee Calls Ban on Wikileaks “Harsh Operation on Freedom of Expression”

Published December 10, 2010

The parliamentary general committee (allsherjanefnd) met today to discuss the ban that Visa and Mastercard have placed on card-holders who wish to donate to Wikileaks, and have raised the possibility of taking away their operating licences.
Numerous interested parties met with the committee today, among them electronic payment companies Valitor and Borgun, both of whom work with Visa and Mastercard. Also in attendance were The Consumer’s Alliance, Amnesty International and, via conference call, Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson.
Róbert Marshall, the chairman of the committee, told mbl.is, “People wanted to know on what legal grounds the ban was taken, but no one could answer it. They said this decision was taken by foreign sources.” Valitor and Borgun have emphasized that the matter is not in their hands.
The committee has asked for more information from these companies, however, to prove that there are legal grounds for banning cardholders from donating money to an organisation such as Wikileaks. Amnesty International said that they were very concerned at the precedent the ban sets with regards to human rights.
Róbert said that it was the opinion of the members of parliament on the committee that the operating licences of Visa and Mastercard in Iceland should be seriously reviewed.
As reported, Datacell – a company which had been serving as a proxy for payments to Wikileaks – is already planning to sue Visa. Kristinn said that he has no doubts Wikileaks will themselves sue Visa, and Mastercard as well.



News
Russians Happiest With Their Visits To Iceland

Russians Happiest With Their Visits To Iceland

by

Russian tourists expressed the highest level of satisfaction with their visit to Iceland, while Japanese tourists were the least impressed,

News
Pig Farms Make Some Improvements

Pig Farms Make Some Improvements

by

Icelandic pig farms have reportedly made a number of significant improvements to the conditions in which pigs live, but there

News
Icelandic Secondary School Switches To “Genderless” Bathrooms

Icelandic Secondary School Switches To “Genderless” Bathrooms

by

The secondary school Verzlunarskóla Íslands, following a proposal from the school’s Feminist Society, has done away with labeling their bathrooms

News
Icelandair Investigating Mysterious Upswing In Crew Illnesses

Icelandair Investigating Mysterious Upswing In Crew Illnesses

by

Icelandair is currently actively investigating what could be causing the recent increase in crew member illnesses, including a thorough examination

News
Iranian Asylum Seeker To Be Deported In Two Weeks

Iranian Asylum Seeker To Be Deported In Two Weeks

by

Iranian asylum seeker Morteza Songolzadeh learned today that he will be deported from Iceland. “Honestly I was not expecting this,”

News
Pokémon Go Trainers Damaging Botanical Gardens

Pokémon Go Trainers Damaging Botanical Gardens

by

The Akureyri Botanical Gardens have been experiencing significant damages lately from unwanted guests who trespass on the grounds playing Pokémon

Show Me More!