The Maltese Institute Of Journalists has denounced the treatment of journalists in light of clips of a journalist being assaulted during a public siege on parliament last night.
In a statement released shortly after the story hit the news, the Institute vigorously condemned the treatment of journalists “who are doing their duty to report”.
Similar incidents were reported to have occurred later in Ħamrun after a number of labour supporters flocked to the Mile End area for a spontaneous rally outside the Labour Headquarters. The NET News crew that was present was in fact chased out by supporters early on.
This is compleltely and utterly unacceptable. A @Newsbook_com_mt journalist assaulted by Ministers’ staff – for doing her job. @Monique_Agius you have our FULL support. SHAMEFUL. pic.twitter.com/3xBeIEM45D
— David Casa (@DavidCasaMEP) December 2, 2019
While appreciative of the work the police to stop the incidents escalating, the IGM remained firm in its stance and refused to accept that journalists doing their job are left battered and bruised.
The Institute went on to deplore the obstruction and assault of journalists and their duties and have called for the police to offer protection during this delicate time for the country.
The Institute wishes to demonstrate complete solidarity with any journalist affected and urges others to continue to play the part, despite the difficult circumstances, of the people’s voice and remain in the position of reporting the truth.
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