PN media chief Pierre Portelli (left) with Opposition leader Adrian Delia
The Nationalist Party has said its media’s email address was cloned to spread allegations of a newsroom revolt against its boss Pierre Portelli.
“An independent investigation by Media.Link’s IT provider confirmed that a person with experience in hacking and IT managed to create a false copy of our email and use it to spread false allegations,” the PN said. “The digital trace of this false email has been picked up by our service provider and has been passed on to us.”
Portelli confirmed with Lovin Malta that he intends to pass this information on to the police.
L-Orizzont today published the contents of a document it received from NET’s official email, ostensibly written by the “absolute majority” of NET journalists, who warned that they were ready to vote for Labour if PN leader Adrian Delia didn’t take action against Portelli.
The declaration signed by several Media.Link employees
The document, which was also sent to Lovin Malta, includes several allegations against Portelli – including how he had hired three people from his production company at NET and how he had actually paid one of them to download royalty-free images from the Internet for the PN’s rebranded radio station.
It also claims that Portelli “created” Adrian Delia and pushed his leadership campaign, purely so that he [Portelli] could take control of the PN’s media and therefore contract shows to his own production company Watermelon Media.
The PN, in a declaration signed by 19 Media.Link employees, denounced the allegations as a lie.
“We condemn this malicious attack on Media.Link employees and this character assassination against Pierre Portelli,” they said. “These are nothing but unfounded and malicious fabrications released by a false email that was set up to spread lies and harm the PN’s media and reputation.”