Iceland's Prime Minister Blackmailed, Linked To Newspaper Purchase - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland’s Prime Minister Blackmailed, Linked To Newspaper Purchase

Published June 2, 2015

Anna Andersen
Main photo by
Jón Benediktsson

A pair of sisters have confessed to blackmailing Iceland’s Prime Minister for millions of ISK, threatening to go public with information tying him to the recent purchase of the newspaper DV, according to Kjarninn.

The sisters, Malín Brand and Hlín Einarsdóttir, were arrested on Friday in a Hafnarfjörður lava field, where they had asked for the money to be delivered, according to Vísir.is.

Malín is a journalist at Morgunblaðið and Hlín is the former editor of Bleikt.is, which is a sub-site of Pressan.is. Hlín is also the former girlfriend of Björn Ingi Hrafnsson, a former city council person for the Progressive Party, who owns Pressan and recently purchased DV, becoming the chair of its board.

Little more has been reported on the Prime Minister’s involvement in the newspaper purchase. Neither Sigmundur Davíð nor Björn Ingi have commented on the matter.

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