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Government Pressured Washington Post To Remove Article About PM Scandal

Government Pressured Washington Post To Remove Article About PM Scandal

Published October 5, 2017

The Icelandic government through the public relations company Burson-Marsteller tried to have an article about last month’s restored honour scandal that brought down the coalition government of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright future, removed from the Washington post due to “factual errors and distortions,” reports Stundin.

“I’m writing you on behalf of the Icelandic government. We request you remove the article “Iceland’s government has collapsed because the prime minister’s father wanted to “restore” a child molester’s “honor.” What is going on?” due to a number of “factual errors and distortions,” the PR company wrote in an email to the Post on September 27.

The article in question was written by Janet Elise Johnson, a professor of political science and women’s studies at Brooklyn Collage, which, while mentioning the scandal, deals more with the power of “male-dominated informal elite networks” in Icelandic politics.

The main issue the government had with the article was that originally the article stated that the paedophiles had been “pardoned” instead of having their “honour restored”. Currently, the article uses the phrasing: “had their records expunged.”

Burson-Marsteller admitted in an email to Stundin that the company works for the Icelandic government on crisis management and to correct factual errors in the foreign media and that the Foreign Ministry oversees their work.

The current Foreign Minister is Independence Party MP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson.



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