Just 13 of the 57 media companies registered in Iceland have submitted their guidelines on editorial independence to the The Media Commission, the independent committee tasked with supervising media law by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Every media company is required, by law, to submit their editorial guidelines as well as to have them on display in the media house, RÚV reports.
The media laws in Iceland state that all media companies should adopt rules that support editorial independence. These rules would be a step toward safeguarding that the editorial content of any media would not be influenced by outside sources, like board members, advertisers, political parties, or media owners, for example. Of course, it is up to each media house to ensure that the editorial guidelines are actually adhered to.
The 13 companies that have submitted their rules o editorial independence are:
Birtíngur, Bændablaðið, DV, Reykjavík Grapevine (for print and online), Bæjarins besta, Fréttatíminn, Dagskráin Fréttablað Suðurlands and its website DFS.is, Ríkisútvarpið, Rauðir pennar’s website Skutull.is, Skessuhorn, Sunnlenska, Víkurfréttir, and Vikudagur.