STATEMENT 6/10/2020: Early morning yesterday the Independent published a very detailed and disturbing article about Jon’s disappearance.
In the article, the reporter claims that Jon’s family was made aware of the information, detailed in the article, by an informant. This is utterly untrue as no such information has been received by the family nor have we received any leads from an imprisoned informant.
Furthermore, our contacts at Garda and the Icelandic police have confirmed to members of the family that they haven’t received any information as described in the article nor did they communicate any such information to the reporter, Ali Bracken, or the Independent. So the story is at best based on information from an unreliable source or, at worst, completely made up. Needless to say, the publishing of the story in the Independent and subsequently in Icelandic media has caused Jon’s family unnecessary harm. The reporter, Ali Bracken, has shown grave negligence by writing an unsubstantiated story in such a delicate case and shown complete disrespect and disregard to Jon’s family by publishing it. So has the Icelandic media that ran the story.
The family is planning on submitting a formal complaint to Ireland’s National Union of Journalists for Ali Bracken’s and her editor’s at the Independent.ie breach of articles 3 and 6 of the NUJ’s Code of Conduct. We are also looking into further legal action against the Independent.
We are further planning to submit a formal complaint to the Icelandic Journalist’s Association regarding the Icelandic journalists and their editors (Vísir.is, DV.is, mbl.is, RÚV, Stöð 2) who published stories based on the Independent story without taking into consideration article 3 of the code of conduct by which they should abide to.
Respectfully on behalf of Jon’s family,
Our brother, Jón Jónsson, has been missing since the 9th of February 2019. He was last seen in Whitehall, Dublin. Jon is 6″ tall of medium build and was wearing black jeans, a black padded jacket, a black T shirt with a printed white message and picture on the front, and black sneakers with a white base when he went missing.
If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, please call the Ballymun Gardai Station in Dublin on +353 (0)1 666 4400 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to support the search in any way, there are three ways to do that:
- Support the search financially by donating to our GofundMe campaign. This will cover housing cost for family from Iceland who need to go to Dublin frequently to keep the search going, printing cost for flyers and posters, as well as Jon’s financial obligations at home. http://gofundme.com/findjonindublin
- Help us spread the flyers around Ireland, N-Ireland and Britain. The flyer can be downloaded here: https://jonjonssonmissing.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Jon-Jonsson-missing-person_A4.pdf
- Help us spread the word and raise awareness, e.g. by sharing the link to this campaign. Someone, somewhere must have seen him since he left his hotel in Dublin on the 9th of February 2019.