PN wants PBS to stop air­ing ‘de­ceit­ful’ TV spots on gas-fired power sta­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Na­tion­al­ist Party yes­ter­day ac­cused Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices and the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity of work­ing to­gether by al­low­ing gov­ern­ment pro­pa­ganda to be aired with­out giv­ing it (the PN) the right of re­ply­ing.

The PN said it had writ­ten about the “mis­lead­ing” and “de­ceit­ful” spots on the gas­fired power sta­tion be­ing aired on TVM to PBS Head of News Reno Bugeja.

It said that these po­lit­i­cal ad­verts are highly con­tro­ver­sial, in­cor­rect and full of lies – “the aim is to mis­lead peo­ple about the LNG tanker that Joseph Mus­cat, Keith Schem­bri and Kon­rad Mizzi will be plac­ing just a few me­tres away from Marsaxlokk houses.”

The PN said it sent a let­ter to Reno Bugeja on 24 Septem­ber but he did not re­ply, de­spite be­ing obliged to re­spond within three days. Not sat­is­fied, the PN then con­tacted the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity.

“Six days have passed since the com­plaint was made but the BA has still not fixed a date for the hear­ing,” the PN said, adding that this was an ur­gent re­quest due to the na­ture of the po­lit­i­cal spots.

“It is clear that the BA and the PBS are work­ing to­gether to de­lay the PN’s protest un­til af­ter the cam­paign has ended and to deny the PN the right to re­ply with its own po­lit­i­cal spots.

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