BA directive against Roberta Metsola ‘unprecedented’, must be suspended

'This could have a chilling effect on journalists,' European Parliament office insists.

 

The European Parliament office in Malta has reacted to the Broadcasting Authority’s reply to its directive to the media to limit coverage of European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, saying such a move was “unprecedented.”

The office is following up on its criticism of a directive the Labour-led Broadcasting Authority issued to the media to handle any coverage of Metsola “with caution” in the lead-up to the MEP elections.

“The European Parliament Office in Malta would like to point out that the paragraph in questions (3 (4) (IV)), which singles out the European Parliament as an institution and its president, is unprecedented and could serve to curtail the voices and information from the European Parliament,”, the office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The office pointed out that the directive’s current wording “could noticeably impinge on the European Parliament’s ability to fulfil its mandate in Malta.

“It gives the Broadcasting Authority the power to sanction media houses that, in their view, report on the activities of the European Parliament and its president. This could have a chilling effect on Maltese journalists.”

The office stressed that the wording of the controversial directive “makes a level playing field impossible”.

It stressed the immediate need for a suspension of the directive and a review to ensure that parliament’s rights are fully respected, important for Maltese citizens to have the same information as every other European citizen.

The Office of the European Parliament in Malta reiterated its call for the Broadcasting Authority to encourage media houses under its remit to enable as broad and far-reaching a discussion as possible in the run-up to the European Parliament elections.

Surveys show Metsola leading the way in the polls by a large margin. The Broadcasting Authority’s move is seen as a move to favour the Labour Party in government, which is struggling to catch up.

                           

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saviour mamo
saviour mamo
1 month ago

Labour trolls are making it too obvious of their envy towards Roberta Metsola

Emanjel Cilia Debono
Emanjel Cilia Debono
1 month ago

The Broadcasting Authority is no longer serving the purpose for which it had been set up. It has become an instrument of government propaganda duplicating the public Broadcasting Service. It is no longer a regulator meant to ensure a democratic system of checks and balances . The situation calls for redress.

Simon Camilleri
Simon Camilleri
1 month ago

They have achieved what they wanted. They know the directive will be overturned but would you want to be the company that goes against what the government has told you they don’t want you to do…..? The government control the courts, the judiciary, the police, and will soon control the press and the media. They already control the banks, the construction, the educational establishments, and the planning authority. Very soon they will start to destroy the people they don’t like – would you want to be known as one of those people? We are not talking about minor inconveniences we are talking about the destruction of anyone who opposes them and, ultimately, their death.

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