Caroline Muscat quits the press to lead Nationalist Party election campaign
The Nationalist Party yesterday announced that journalist Caroline Muscat has resigned from her position as news editor at The Times to take up a position as the party’s Campaign Director.
Ms Muscat also stepped down from her position as deputy chairperson of the Institute of Maltese Journalists to lead the PN’s election campaign.
Ms Muscat said in a statement yesterday that, “Throughout my life I have always avoided being partisan because of my role as a journalist, but I now feel that I must take a stand. I am giving up my journalism career because I have been left with little doubt that this government is riddled with corruption.
“Journalists are unable to do their job with the clamp down on information and lack of transparency that has become the hallmark of this government. This situation is damaging our country and is a threat to democracy.”
Prior to working in journalism Ms Muscat worked as a campaigner on various projects and causes both in Malta and abroad for over 20 years.
She was the journalist who exposed the Gaffarena scandal, among others.
“That scandal gave me real insight into the lengths those close to this government are prepared to go to serve their interests. It was not the first, nor the last of the scandals to rock this government,” she said.
“I have decided to accept this role within the PN because I believe that Simon Busuttil can lead the PN to form a strong alternative government that puts the national interest first,” she said.
Ms Muscat holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communications (graduated with distinction). She is the most recent winner of the national news award as well as the environmental journalism award. She has also won two journalism awards by the European Commission for her work on human rights.
“My first priority will be to put together a team that will be focused on listening to people’s needs and concerns, and in turn communicating how the Nationalist party will bring about the change this country needs,” she added.