The board of the Journalist’s Union of Iceland met earlier today to discuss the comments MP for the Progressive Party and chair of the parliament’s finance committee Vigdís Hauksdóttir’s posted on her Facebook page last night asking EGF cosmetics company not to advertise in Kvennablaðið (The Women's Paper). The paper published an article yesterday about some of the parliamentarian’s worst gaffes.
Hjálmar Jónsson, chair of the Journalist’s Union, told visir.is that it is absurd to try to control the exchange of views in Iceland this way. “Elected politicians have to tolerate other people’s views. It is fundamental in a free and open society,” he said.
A statement from the union reads, in part: “It will not be tolerated that people in positions of authority try to use their influence in order to undermine the foundations of the media because it is their job to publish different opinions.”
Birgitta Jónsdóttir of the Pirate Party announced that she will take the comment up in parliament.
Earlier this week, Vigdís made headlines when she said in a televised debate that Malta is not an independent country and Europe is in the grip of famine.