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Nordic Journalists Criticize Hiring of Oddsson

The journalist associations in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark have announced in a joint statement that they are deeply concerned about the development of Icelandic media following the banking collapse of 2008 and criticize the appointment of former Prime Minister and Central Bank governor Davíd Oddsson as co-editor of Morgunbladid daily.

Davíd Oddsson. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The press release stated that a number of Icelandic journalists with decades of experience were laid off without a notice during the cutbacks Icelandic companies and institutions have gone through lately, which is a strike against press freedom and freedom of expression, visir.is reports.

The journalist associations concluded that the country’s media must have the professional ability to cover the collapse of the Icelandic economy and have complete freedom of expression.

The situation most severe at the country’s longest-running daily, Morgunbladid, the press release stated, where the owners hired a former prime minister, Davíd Oddsson, as editor.

On top of that Oddsson served governor and chairman of the Central Bank of Iceland at the time of the collapse and is currently being investigated because of it, the statement pointed out.

The associations are also concerned about the situation at their sister association in Iceland where the current chairperson is among those who lost their jobs in the recent wave of layoffs.

The Nordic Journalist Association is planning to hold a conference in Iceland in cooperation with the Journalist Association of Iceland to shed light on and discuss the situation of freedom of expression and the hiring of personnel in Nordic media.

This story was also reported on the website of NRK, the Norwegian state television.

Click here to read more about the appointment of Oddsson as co-editor of Morgunbladid.

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