Po­lice will no longer in­form me­dia if in­jured peo­ple are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Po­lice will no longer in­form the me­dia if peo­ple who are in­jured in ac­ci­dents are in dan­ger of dy­ing or in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, a spokesman for the po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions depart­ment said.

Un­til a few days ago, state­ments is­sued by the po­lice in­form­ing the me­dia about traf­fic ac­ci­dents, fights, falls and other hap­pen­ings which in­volve the po­lice con­tained the phrase “filperiklu tal-mewt” if any of the in­jured peo­ple is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

But, from now on­wards, this will no longer be the case as, the spokesman said, no law lays down the phrase in ques­tion.

As such, state­ments is­sued by the po­lice will still in­form the me­dia that in­jured peo­ple are “in in­ten­sive care” or at the “hospi­tal in­ten­sive care unit”, but al­though this would ef­fec­tively mean “in dan­ger of dy­ing” or “in crit­i­cal con­di­tion”, the po­lice will not specif­i­cally say so.

The po­lice will con­tinue to in­form the me­dia whether in­juries sus­tained are “griev­ous” – which could be any­thing from a bro­ken toe to a frac­tured skull – or “slight”, which in most cases re­lates to in­juries which do not en­tail bone frac­tures or knife cuts which do not af­fect vi­tal or­gans.

The po­lice will also be in­form­ing the me­dia each time a mag­is­te­rial in­quiry is launched, which would be a strong hint that the in­juries are se­ri­ous.

So if a story contains “mag­is­te­rial in­quiry”, “se­ri­ous in­juries” and “in in­ten­sive care”, read­ers should draw the con­clu­sion that the in­jured per­son is in “crit­i­cal con­di­tion”.

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