DV (newspaper)

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Dagblaðið Vísir
DV logo.png
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) DV ehf.
Editor Reynir Traustason, Jón Trausti Reynisson
Staff writers 15
Founded 1981
Headquarters Tryggvagata 11
101 Reykjavík
Website DV.is

DV (Dagblaðið Vísir) is a tabloid newspaper in Iceland published by DV ehf. It came into existence in 1981[1] when two formerly independent newspapers, Vísir and Dagblaðið, merged. DV also has an online publication at DV.is.

The paper has changed dramatically since its inception. Today it is published three times a week and focuses mainly on sensational crime stories, astrology, and domestic and foreign celebrity news. Its editorial policy has sparked public controversies in Iceland.

In April 2010, the paper's editors, Reynir Traustason, and Lilja Skaftadóttir, an art dealer, together with other partners, bought it from Birtíngur. A full list of owners is published at DV.is.

Report of the Special Investigation Commission[edit]

In the report of the Special Investigation Commission that was formed by Alþingi, DV was specially noted as almost the only newspaper in Iceland that questioned the Icelandic banks. As a result, the paper acquired broader readership.

Previous controversy[edit]

In January 2006, DV ran a cover story claiming that former elementary school teacher Gísli Hjartarson had sexually abused two or more boys in his home town of Ísafjörður, Northwest Iceland. Hjartarson, who had not been charged with the abuse, committed suicide the same day and cited DV's story as his reason in a letter he left for his family.

This tragedy caused popular uproar against DV with 30 thousand people (about 10% of the Icelandic population) signing an online petition demanding a new editorial policy. The editors were forced to resign.

On 4 June 2008, DV reported that The State Committee of Compensations had paid compensation to two boys in this case.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Find it at Stanford (SFX Services)". Sul-sfx.stanford.edu. 1980-09-27. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 

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