IĠM asks for steps to be taken against “patriots” who obstructed journalists on duty
The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IĠM) said that once again members of the media were obstructed from carrying out their duties during a protest organized by Għaqda Patrijotti Maltin (Maltese Patriots Association) when a person taking part in the protest stopped journalists and a cameraman from doing their work,
While strongly condemening the repetitive behaviour which threatens the freedom of journalists when carrying out their duties, the IĠM was happy to note the actions of the police who arrested the person involved, as well as the way that the Għaqda Patrijotti Maltin disassociated itself from this person.
The IĠM said that it expected the authorities concerned to take steps according to Maltese law against whoever was involved. When members of the media are prevented from doing their job, this was a breach of Maltese law which is based on freedom of the press as laid down in the Constitution of Malta.
The IGM also took the opportunity of putting forward a proposal which was already presented to the Justice Ministry so that in these particular instances, a police official would be assigned immediately to members of the press, even as a point of reference.