Governments should take steps for journalists to report freely – IĠM

Governments should take steps for journalists to report freely – IĠM

first_imgIn light of the ‘huge and unnecessary pressure’ on journalists, governments should be taking, ‘specific precautions to allow journalists to report freely,’ Malta’s Institute for Journalists have said.IĠM states that it crucial that in the interests of the public and of democracy and accountability of political representatives, the media needs to, ‘be allowed to do their job without fear of repercussion.’The organisation makes the comments as the global media recognises another important World Press Freedom Day.In addition to stressing the importance of the media’s safety and ability to report, the IĠM stresses the importance of the media to the public in providing them with the information about the decisions being made on their behalf.Libel and SLAPPAs part of this, they raise concerns about the propensity of libel cases which they fear are used too readily to stifle media and deter journalists from investigating.‘IGM remains concerned at the risk to the local press of SLAPP lawsuits filed in foreign jurisdictions and calls on the authorities to provide the necessary guarantees against such threats.’As part of these concerns, IĠM reiterates their concerns about the need to recognise the efforts of Daphne Caruana Galizia to hold the political establishment accountable and delivering this information to the Maltese public, in spite of harassment and intimidation.Il-Kenniesa early today also stressed the injustice of the murder of Caruana Galizia. They stressed that ‘Justice for Daphne would be Justice for Press Freedom’‘Justice for Daphne, means Justice for Press Freedom’ – Il-KenniesaIĠM joins calls for a sound inquiry into her murder, ‘As long as we remain in the dark about why Daphne was killed, we can never be truly free to do our work. Those who believed that killing a journalist was a viable way to cover up a story must be shown that they were mistaken.’Anti-media rhetoricAlso key to IĠM’s release on World Press Freedom Day are warnings about negative perceptions of the media during elections.They appeal to the candidates and political activitists taking part in the upcoming European Parliamentary and Local Council elections to acknowledge and confront the ‘dangers of anti-media rhetoric.’WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img

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