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Calls for Revision of Defamation Law

Member of Parliament Þráinn Bertelsson has requested that the chairman of the Parliamentary General Committee, Björgvin G. Sigurðsson, review the law on defamation when Parliament reconvenes in the fall, reports.


Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

As reported earlier this week, journalists Erla Hlynsdóttir and Björk Eiðsdóttir won a case against the Icelandic state at the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday.

The journalists, who were writing for DV and Vikan respectively, were sued for defamation by the owners of two strip clubs in the capital area after quoting sources which implied that illegal activity was taking place at the clubs. After losing the case at the Supreme Court of Iceland in 2009, the journalists took their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Court found that the judgment violated the tenth article of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding free speech.

The Icelandic state has been ordered to pay Björk nearly ISK 6 million (USD 47,000, EUR 38,000) and Erla ISK 3.5 million (USD 27,350, EUR 22,200).


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