The International Modern Media Institute was founded in 2011 with the aim of bringing together the best functioning laws in relation to freedom of information, expression and speech, reflecting the reality of borderless world and the challenges that it imposes locally and globally in the 21st century.
The institute is founded first and foremost on the back of its namesake parliamentary resolution (Icelandic Modern Media Initiative) which was unanimously adopted in the Icelandic Parliament 16th of June 2010, with the aim of making Iceland a journalistic safe haven, protecting both freedom of expression as well as freedom of information. The parliamentary resolution has received great support for it is obvious we need a new standard to implement not only in Iceland but also around the world.
IMMI has collaborated with international institutions and the academic community to promote debate and research in the relevant fields of expertise that concern IMMI. The institute offers advice and guidance in relation to legislation in IMMI’s fields of expertise, both in Iceland and abroad.
The objective of IMMI is to seek ways that will enhance and empower freedom of expression, freedom of speech, dissemination of information and publication within Iceland as well as ensuring source protection and whistleblower protection. To realize this objective various legislation and amendments to the existing legislation are being prepared, building on best legal practices of other nations with which Icelanders tend to compare themselves with. This will enable Iceland to become a safe haven for freedom of information and freedom of expression.