IĠM wel­comes govern­ment mo­tion to de­crim­i­nalise crim­i­nal li­bel

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The In­sti­tute of Mal­tese Jour­nal­ists, IĠM, has wel­comed the Min­istry of Jus­tice’s an­nounce­ment that on 10 Oc­to­ber it will be­gin the par­lia­men­tary process which will aim to de­crim­i­nalise crim­i­nal li­bel.

This is a “great sym­bolic vic­tory for free­dom of ex­pres­sion, one of the main fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights” and brings end to a leg­is­la­tion that car­ries “more harm than good”, the IĠM said.

IĠM held that the mo­tion is a di­rect re­sult of a long cam­paign, spread over years of hard work and pres­sure on both the pre­vi­ous and cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Karl Wright, Chair­man of the IĠM, said that “while not­ing that both the govern­ment and op­po­si­tion agree in prin­ci­ple to the re­moval of crim­i­nal li­bel, I ap­peal to both sides of the House agree to ap­prove this Bill at all stages of Par­lia­ment for it to en­ter into force with­out fur­ther de­lay.”

The In­sti­tute of Mal­tese Jour­nal­ists went on to say that it will be watching closely at all par­lia­men­tary stages where the bill is be­ing dis­cussed, and it reaf­firmed its ea­ger­ness to work with both po­lit­i­cal par­ties as it has done pre­vi­ously.

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