Intervju med Birgitta Jonsdottir
Posted by Fredsvenn den september 9, 2012
Birgitta Jónsdóttir har en agenda om den frie og ubundne journalistikken, om informasjon uten grenser og Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), og har et håp om å bringe dette initiativet til Norge og resten av Norden.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir (born 17 April 1967) is a MP, formerly representing the Citizens’ Movement, but now representing The Movement. Her district is the Reykjavík South Constituency. She was elected to the Icelandic parliament in April 2009 on behalf of a movement aiming for democratic reform beyond party politics of left and right. Birgitta has been an activist and a spokesperson for various groups, such as Wikileaks, Saving Iceland and Friends of Tibet in Iceland and is a part of International Network of Parliamentarians’ for Tibet (INPaT).
Born in Reykjavik to Bergþóra Árnadóttir and Jón Ólafsson, Birgitta is also a poet, writer, artist, editor, publisher, activist and has used the internet for these activities. Her first poetry collection was published when she was 22 years old by Iceland’s biggest publisher, Almenna Bókafélagið, AB books, in 1989. Birgitta organized «Art against war» where a number of Icelandic artists and poets came out to protest the war in Iraq. She has participated in several international projects related to writing and activism including «Poets Against the War», «Dialogue among Nations through Poetry», and «Poets for Human Rights».
She also edited and published the two international books The World Healing Book and The Book of Hope which contains writings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rita Dove, the Dalai Lama, Rabbi Michael Lerner, John Kinsella, and Sigur Rós. Birgitta is a founder of Beyond Borders Press and Radical Creations. She was an active volunteer for Wikileaks and had an important role in the making of the Collateral Murder video, including co-production. She has advocated to make Iceland a haven for press freedom and is the chief sponsor of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.