The Icelandic press has generally been considered – at least by outsiders – as free from corruption and editorial bias. But is it?
Earlier this week, one of the editors of the widely-read newspaper Frettabladid was fired and a day later the other editor resigned after writing a strong-worded editorial about freedom of the press. One of the new (albeit temporary) editors is also the publisher of the company 365 that owns the paper.
There have also been battles over the independent paper DV, which publishes less news items but covers issues in more detail than other media. The journalists there want to keep their journalistic independence while a new shareholder, whose activities have been covered in critical fashion by the paper, wants to get rid of the editor there, Reynir Traustason. UPDATE: Reynir Traustason will probably leave the paper on Friday.
The remaining major newspaper, Morgunbladid, has connections with the powerful fishing lobby LIU and is co-edited by David Oddsson, ex-Prime Minister of Iceland, who is said to be still active in decisions made by the conservative Independence Party.
Not much is left. The national radio and TV station? There are cuts there: they can’t afford to pay people for material and cut staff at the end of last year.