IĠM welcomes government motion to decriminalise criminal libel
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.