In­sti­tute of Jour­nal­ists says me­dia should be re­spected, ques­tions should be an­swered

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

Joe Mizzi

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