Caro­line Mus­cat quits the press to lead Na­tion­al­ist Party elec­tion cam­paign

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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