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Norwegian MP nominates WikiLeaks for Nobel Peace Prize. A governmental left wing MP argues whistle-blower WikiLeaks should receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to freedom of speech. Socialist Left Party (SV) MP Snorre Valen believes the site plays an important role in challenging how freedom of speech is defined worldwide.  “It is always easier to support [this] when the one who speaks agree with you politically. This is one of the “tests” on liberal and democratic values that governments tend to fail. For instance, western governments have a long history on tolerating oppressive regimes that are “friendly-minded”. Internet companies assist China in censoring search engines. And many countries respond to WikiLeaks’ obvious right to publish material that is of public interest, by seeking to “shoot the messenger”,” he writes in his blog.

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Norwegian MP nominates WikiLeaks for Nobel Peace Prize

Published on Wednesday, 2nd February, 2011 at 15:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd February 2011 at 16:32.

A governmental left wing MP argues whistle-blower WikiLeaks should receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to freedom of speech.

Snorre Valen MP
Snorre Valen MP
Photo: Stig Marlon Weston/SV


Socialist Left Party (SV) MP Snorre Valen believes the site plays an important role in challenging how freedom of speech is defined worldwide. 

“It is always easier to support [this] when the one who speaks agree with you politically. This is one of the “tests” on liberal and democratic values that governments tend to fail. For instance, western governments have a long history on tolerating oppressive regimes that are “friendly-minded”. Internet companies assist China in censoring search engines. And many countries respond to WikiLeaks’ obvious right to publish material that is of public interest, by seeking to “shoot the messenger”,” he writes in his blog.

Likening the site’s role of disclosing classified material to prevent abuses of power to media practise he says, “[in] this way, the public has become aware of abuses of power that governments should be held accountable for.”

Mr Valen’s nomination confirms Director of Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Kristian Berg Harpviken’s speculations about WikiLeaks when The Foreigner spoke to him by phone in Kabul on Monday.

Founder Julian Assange and the organisation are on Mr Harpviken’s list of possible nominees.

“I am pretty sure Mr Assange will be nominated, but that he will not receive the prize. He is too controversial, and the WikiLeaks release has raised serious questions about the data security issue, as well as the availability of potentially-harmful information,” he said.

Nevertheless, Mr Valen believes the Internet, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year, is important to allow the public to “become aware of abuses of power that governments should be held accountable for. The Internet doesn’t change this – it merely makes information more accessible, easier to distribute, and more democratic in the sense that virtually anyone with an internet connection can contribute.”

The SV MP also thinks WikiLeaks has provided a useful medium in the fight for human rights and democracy, in keeping with last year’s winner, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

“Wikileaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture – sometimes even conducted by allies of Norway.”

The Nobel Committee meets again on 28th February to start adding to the nominations list.



Published on Wednesday, 2nd February, 2011 at 15:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd February 2011 at 16:32.

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize, snorrevalen, kristianbergharpviken, wikileaks, julianassange.





  
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