Amazon.com Inc has stopped WikiLeaks’ website hosting due to a political pressure after the website published leaked US embassy documents, forcing the controversial group then to move its website to a European provider. Wikileaks said in a Twitter message: “If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.”
WikiLeaks is an international non-profit media organization that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous sources and leaks. Its website, launched in 2006, is run by The Sunshine Press. Within a year of its launch, the site claimed a database that had grown to more than 1.2 million documents.
WikiLeaks won the 2008 Economist Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression award; and the 2009 Amnesty International human rights reporting award (New Media).