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Iceland MP Jónsdóttir Is Creating a Pirate Party Chapter in Her Own Country

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, July 18 2012

Iceland's MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir is planning to form a chapter of the Pirate Party in her own country, the Reykjavík Grapevine reports.

Jónsdóttir, a poet and an activist, has been the most visible Iceland's MP in these last years, mainly involved in all the initiatives to foster citizens' participation in the democracy process. She is also an advocate for freedom of expression and a frequent speaker at many events all over the world (including our PDF Europe 2010 event in Barcelona.)

The Reykjavík Grapevine also writes:

Birgitta said that the party will have no chairperson, and might not even have a list; i.e. candidates listed in order of preference to get into parliament based on people's votes for individual candidates. When asked if she planned on running again for parliament, she said that she considered eight years the maximum that someone should be in parliament. Birgitta has currently served three.

Jónsdóttir was a close ally of Julian Assange both within Wikileaks and in the creation of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a cross-party resolution aimed at adopting the strongest press and source protection laws from around the world (Jónsdóttir was the chief sponsor of the bill, while Assange was an advisor to the Parliament.) Back in 2011 she was served by the US Department of Justice with a subpoena demanding information on her Wikileaks-related online activity on Twitter, as well as other volunteers.