Several members of parliament have submitted a bill which would provide legal protection for whistleblowers and journalist sources. As it stands now, Icelandic law on libel and slander allows for someone to not only sue a journalist source but also the journalists themselves, simply for quoting the source, even if they contact the offended party for comment on their side of the story. Vísir reports that several members of parliament – all of whom having worked as journalists at some point in the past – have submitted a bill which would provide additional protections to journalist sources and whistleblowers. The reasoning behind the bill contends that informants have played an important role in bringing to light information of great importance to the general public. It is also pointed out that the EU already has a similar law on the books. The bill in question brings to mind the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, which includes informant protection as a part of a broader aim, but has as yet not been passed.
As recently disclosed and widely reported, journalist and Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson is one of the three staff members at Wikileaks, whose email communication Google handed over to the US’ FBI in March 2012, without informing those targeted until Christmas Eve 2014. The search warrant was issued by a federal judge, at the request of a prosecutor, along with a gag order. The other targeted members of Wikileaks’s staff, according to the disclosed materials, are Sarah Harrison and Joseph Farrell. According to Wikileaks investigations editor, Sarah Harrison, interviewed by Deutsche Welle, the information sought and acquired by the CIA consisted
Syriza won! Meanwhile, in Iceland, nothing worth mentioning seems currently up for debates. If debates don’t exist, we have to invent them. Morgunblaðið and some other media seem to be seriously concerned about the existence of single parents, as a social hazard. I don’t believe anyone responsible for such writing is actually, him or herself, seriously concerned. Since former Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson became the paper’s editor-in-chief, making the once somewhat respectable medium into the most expensive, and most self-defensive, blog in Europe, its readership has steadily diminished. According to recent polls, the paper now has fewer readers than Bændablaðið
The pantless cat burglar who stole 3 Bengal cats from a cat breeder last week remains uncaught, reports RÚV. At first it was believed that 4 cats were stolen but one of the cats – a male by the name of Kiss Me – was found over the weekend. It seems that the frightened Kiss Me managed to hide while the other cats where taken. As reported, someone broke into the Nátthaga Bengalkettir cat enclosure and stole a cage and four cats. In the midst of the cat burglar’s escape however, the get-away car got stuck in a snowbank and
The last cheeseburger sold in Iceland in 2009 remains unchanged after 6 years, reports MBL.is. The only notable difference seems to be that the meat patty is a slightly lighter colour than before. A year after the economic meltdown in Iceland, McDonald’s announced it would be closing up shop and on the last day it was open Icelander Hjörtur Smárason bought the last McDonald’s cheeseburger in the country. Deciding he would preserve it, Hjörtur kept the burger and fries in a plastic bag for 3 years during which time it remained untouched by time or decay. “I had heard something
Former Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston, has expressed his love for Icelandic beer in an interview with Breaking News. Eccleston, who appears in the moody new crime drama Fortitude which was shot in Iceland, said the cast harvested their own fortitude during filming with the help of a stiff drink. “I was a naughty elf in the bar on Fortitude, but I wasn’t a naughty elf [on set]” said Eccleston. “[The bar] had some great beers – Icelandic beers – and we all tried the local stuff. There are some serious drinkers in Iceland, and some serious drinkers in the cast
More than 200 people are stuck in Staðarskáli gas station in Northwest Iceland due to a large storm which closed Holtavörðuheiði road, reports Vísir. Around 80 people have been offered a place to sleep at the local school, Reykjaskóli, and some families have managed to get lodgings at a local hotel. Even so, more than 200 people will remain in the gas station overnight until snow ploughs can clear the road sufficiently to allow drivers to get behind the wheel again. Although the gas station grill closed at 11 pm last night, the station plans to stay open in case