BBC Rebukes Reporter for Defending Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

BBC Rebukes Reporter for Defending Iceland

Published January 14, 2010

The BBC has criticized one of its employees for writing a letter to a newspaper, defending Iceland in the Icesave debacle and accusing the UK of imposing too high interest rates on the country.
Sally Magnusson, daughter of famed “Mastermind” host Magnús Magnússon, wrote a letter to the Daily Mail wherein she argued in part, “Nearly all Icelanders entirely accept their obligation. But the terms are crippling for a tiny nation. Why does Britain demand an unchangeable interest rate of 5.5 per cent? Why not three per cent or two per cent? We would barely notice the difference but Iceland certainly would.”
A spokesman for BBC Scotland told reporters that Magnusson has been reprimanded for the letter, stating that it is a violation of guidelines for journalists to comment on national policy.
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