Newspaper Demands Apology And Damages From Morgunblaðið - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Newspaper Demands Apology And Damages From Morgunblaðið

Published February 1, 2011

News coverage of the so-called “spy computer” case has implicated a journalist at a competing paper, DV. The journalist in question denies the allegations brought up by Morgunblaðið, demanding an apology and punitive damages.
The story begins with an article in Morgunblaðið about the mysterious computer that had been found in the spare room of parliament offices which was connected to the parliamentary intranet. The machine was seized by the police, and while they have not been able to find its owner, their investigations continue.
Morgunblaðið contended that the computer was possibly linked to a 17-year-old boy who had been arrested last year for stealing documents from a lawyer, and that a journalist at DV, Ingi F. Vilhjálmsson, had not only bought documents from the boy, but was also being investigated by police in connection with the spy computer.
DV’s editor, Reynir Traustason, was quick to deny the charges, telling Vísir that the allegations were an attack on Ingi’s character. Vísir, after contacting the police, discovered that Ingi was not being investigated, and was not even considered connected to the spy computer.
A lawyer for the journalist has demanded an apology from Morgunblaðið and the journalist who wrote the article, Agnes Bragadóttir, and is seeking one million ISK in damages. At the time of this reporting, there has been no response from Morgunblaðið.


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