Opposition leader Bernard Grech has hit out at the state of affairs within the country after Times of Malta editor-in-chief Herman Grech said an unnamed government politician advised him to seek police protection.
“This is the legacy of the Labour government,” Grech said today. “Journalists must seek police protection to do their job, because the state led by Joseph Muscat, with Robert Abela by his side, created an environment where impunity and corrupt people reign.”
“Journalists are crucial to democracy and their protection is guaranteed when the state doesn’t attack their work. Their protection is guaranteed when the state doesn’t pay people to discredit the work of journalists.”
He said the PN will strive to allow journalists and media houses to work without fear or favour, arguing that modern democracies require free and strong journalism.
During a recent podcast on Trudy Kerr’s The Interviewer, Grech opened up about how he had to seek police protection for himself and two of his journalists for their work on the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case,
“Very recently, with the Daphne case, I was told by somebody in government… and it was very good of this particular politician… that I need to get police protection for myself and two of my journalists and that he knows what he’s talking about,” he said.
“I had to seek police protection because we’re dealing with some of the worst criminals Malta has ever seen.”
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