The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) has called on Malta’s politicians to “unreservedly condemn” the intimidation of the press after an incident involving PN’s faux security and reporters outside of Dar Centrali.
“Failure to do so sends out a wrong message to members of the public who believe they can decide themselves what journalists can and can’t report,” IGM said.
Journalists, IGM said, have a responsibility to their readers and the country to be present at events and to inform the public.
“The country cannot have a functioning democracy without a free and independent press,” they said.
The incident took place while a PN Executive Committee was taking place, after the men insisted that the journalists stand behind a barrier to the side of Dar Ċentrali.
IGM clarified that journalists have every right to film and report as they see fit, especially when in a public space.
IGM has spoken to PN Leader Adrian Delia about the issue, who said that he will be looking into the issue.