The European Broadcasting Union, EBU, has decided to fine the state radio for the band’s hatari to wave the Palestinian flag in the green room on Eurovision’s final night in Israel in May.
This is published in a statement on the RÚV website, but the fine which amount is EUR 5,000, according to a Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, RÚV’s program director, is just under 700 thousand ISK and the minimum fine imposed by the EBU on TV stations violates the rules of the competition.
The RÚV’s statement states that the agency has objected to the EBU’s intention to fine the Broadcaster for the conduct of Hatari.
The Discontent was expressed in a letter to the EBU, saying that it was a wrong and unjust conclusion to fining the broadcaster for violating rules where the broadcaster did everything in its power to ensure compliance with the rules of the contest.
The RÚV’s point of view also states that the television stations participating in Eurovision will never be able to completely prevent artists on their behalf from doing or saying anything that could possibly violate the rules of the competition.
Earlier this month, the RÚV confirmed that they will participate in Eurovision next year, which will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Furthermore, the EBU’s decision on Hatari’s conduct has no further aftermath, as stated in the aforementioned statement.