Iceland passes controversial media law

A controversial law meant to protect children from graphic content has been passed by Iceland’s parliament, as critics decry the law as detrimental to press freedom in the country, Ice News reported Saturday. A new media committee has been created to mediate between the public, the government and the media.

“The bill has honourable intentions, but it is still proving controversial — not least in the press. It is argued, among other things, that the Iceland is consistently ranked near the top in global press freedom rankings and that the creation of a government-controlled committee to protect and enforce press freedom is a contradiction in terms which will end up doing the exact opposite. The fact that the national broadcaster, RUV, is not controlled by the new law is also causing debate. This is the first media law in Iceland to cover the press and broadcast media together,” the report states.

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