Institute of Journalists says media should be respected, questions should be answered
The Institute of Journalists expressed concern yesterday at the way journalists were being treated.
Without mentioning particular instances, the IGM said that on one occasion journalists were asked to attend a press conference and, when it ended, they were not allowed to ask questions on the matter in hand or on other subjects.
This week journalists were not allowed to ask questions after a press conference announcing the sale of a stake in a bank.
In another occasion, the prime minister left a building from a secondary exit to avoid questions.
Minister Joe Mizzi, in yet another instance, did not take questions during an event to which the media were invited.
The IGM said that such behaviour prevented journalists from doing their duty in a democratic and free society.