Wikileaks has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2011
Snorre Valen, member of the Norwegian parliament for the Socialist Left Party, made public his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize 2011 in advance. He proposed the Wikileaks website for its work for freedom of speech. “WikiLeaks is one of this century’s most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency. So “it is a joy to nominate it,” Valen said in his proposal.
“WikiLeaks has published and helped to reveal cases of corruption, illegalities committed by governments and corporations and important revelations about illegal surveillance, war crimes and torture committed by a number of states,” said the socialist deputy.
Wikileaks website has been posting, since 2006, millions of documents that authorities and organizations have tried to hide, added Valen.
Wikileaks revelations “have helped to understand better social structures and they have bring a debate over the boundaries of freedom of expression, knowledge, and democracy. Thanks to that we have a world with greater openness and democratization,” said Valen.
The Nobel Committee, which has five members, advises nominators not to reveal their proposals in advance; however, there are no rules against it.
The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, for his struggle for human rights, however, he could not receive his prize because he is still imprisoned. The winner of this year will be announced in early October.