Wikileaks founder Julian Assange intends to create an independent media company in Iceland, with help both domestic and from abroad.
Journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson, who has been a spokesman for Wikileaks for the foreign press, told Vísir that operations are still in the very early stages. “This is a company created in connection with Wikileaks,” he said in part, “No operations have begun. We don’t have any offices yet and I don’t know when work will begin. No one has yet been hired, so I don’t know how many we will be.”
The company, called Sunshine Press Productions, will be head by Assange, along with Hrafnsson and journalist Ingi Ragnar Ingason. Also on board will be professor of journalism Gavin MacFadyen, who has often defended investigative journalism in the past.
Last June, Iceland passed a media bill into law which protects whistleblowers and investigative journalists from being harassed and pressured by powerful figures. Assange himself has come under increasing criticism, in particular from the US, for releasing thousands of pages of classified documents connected to the Iraq War and then the Afghanistan War.