PBS is not act­ing as an in­de­pen­dent and un­bi­ased me­dia - Busut­til

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Op­po­si­tion Leader Simon Busut­til yes­ter­day called for the na­tional broad­cast­ing sta­tion (PBS) to be in­de­pen­dent and neu­tral.

In a meet­ing with mem­bers from the In­sti­tute of Jour­nal­ists, Dr Busut­til said that the Na­tion­al­ist Party has al­ways sup­ported free­dom of ex­pres­sion, adding that the jour­nal­ism field is a chal­leng­ing and com­plex one. “Plac­ing aside po­lit­i­cal me­dia, jour­nal­ists should act in­de­pen­dently. Un­for­tu­nately, this is not the case with PBS – its ed­i­to­rial con­tent is very much biased,” he said.

Karl Wright, the in­sti­tute’s chair­per­son said that jour­nal­ists should be re­spected and al­lowed to put for­ward ques­tions and ques­tioned why jour­nal­ists are of­ten in­vited to cover the first part of a meet­ing or con­fer­ence and then asked to leave.

Dr Busut­til replied that all public meet­ings should be open to press, how­ever, in some sit­u­a­tions, jour­nal­ists are asked to leave meet­ings to al­low par­tic­i­pants to speak freely.

Iron­i­cally, jour­nal­ists present dur­ing the meet­ing were not al­lowed to ask ques­tions and were told Dr Busut­til needs to rush off to an­other ap­point­ment.

Mr Wright said that the in­sti­tute is meet­ing all me­dia houses and po­lit­i­cal par­ties, adding that the in­sti­tute asked to meet the par­ties be­fore the lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions; how­ever they only got an in­vi­ta­tion af­ter elec­tions were over.

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