A cartoon of Icelandic MP Siv Fridleifsdottir as a prostitute, which appeared in the Morgunbladid newspaper, has caused outrage within the party. The cartoonist has now apologised; but the newspaper has not.
Birkir Jon Jonsson, the Progressive Party deputy chairman, says the newspaper cartoon crossed all reasonable boundaries. The deputy chairman continued, saying that the unkind portrayal of Siv Fridleifsdottir was also undeserved.
The cartoonist has apologised; but Jonsson is also calling on Morgunbladid to do the same. Otherwise, he says, a new line has been drawn on the acceptable media treatment of politics.
Morgunbladid editor, David Oddsson, would not comment on the matter when RUV contacted him and Progressive Party chairman Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was out-of-contact.
Siv Fridleifsdottir last week suggested that the Progressive Party might like to consider joining the Left Greens and Social Democrats in government to strengthen their mandate.