Press Release archive – 2002

Press release: 22/02
Date: 19 October 2002

4th AIPCE meeting held in Malta

MEDIA ETHICS topped the agenda at a two-day international conference of the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe, hosted by The Malta Press Club, which was successfully concluded yesterday at the Fortina Spa Resort, Tigné.

Participants of the AIPCE conference met the President of Malta Prof. de MarcoTen member countries of AIPCE, including the UK Press Complaints Commission, the National Newspaper Association of Ireland, press councils and press ombudsmen from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Switzerland, Spain (the Information Council of Catalunya), Cyprus and Bosnia-Herzegovina, sent representatives.

There were also delegates and observers from Italy (Circolo della Stampa of Milan), France, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Israel and Japan, apart from a top Reuters executive.

TMPC chairman Malcolm J. Naudi welcomed the delegates to the conference, which was sponsored by HSBC Bank Malta, with the assistance of the Fortel Group, on Thursday evening and chaired the proceedings. On Friday, Professor Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici, chairman of the Press Ethics Commission, delivered a paper entitled ‘Ethical dimension of Freedom of Expression in the European Court of Human Rights Case Law’.

Apart from procedural matters and national reports from all the delegates, the major topic discussed on Thursday was: ‘How to treat publications on the Internet?’, presented by Sweden’s Press Ombudsman Olle Stenholm and Swedish Press Council chairman Leif Lindstam.

On Friday Professor Robert Pinker, acting chairman of the PCC, and Peter Studer, president of the Swiss Press Council, tackled ‘The private life of public figures’. Nebojsa Ristic, TV network co-ordinator of ANEM (Association of Electronic Media Network) in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia spoke on ‘Fighting restricted press freedom’.

A highlight of the programme was a one-hour audience with President Guide de Marco at the Palace, Valletta, which followed a tour of St John’s Co-Cathedral.

Henry Manisty, head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Reuters, yesterday spoke on ‘Financial journalism – European Market Abuse Directive (MAD)’. Case studies from the UK and Sweden were discussed before a tour of the new Website, was conducted by Professor Claude J. Bertrand of the University of Paris and Spencer Fox of the PCC.

This fourth annual AIPCE meeting adjourned to mid-September, 2003, to Stockholm, Sweden. Delegates and members of the media were then hosted by TMPC and the Fortel Group to a reception, followed by a harbour cruise sponsored by Captain Morgan Cruises.




HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c is the sponsor of a European conference being held in Malta by the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE). The conference, which will take place between 17th and 20th October at the Fortina Hotel, will bring together representatives of national Press Councils from at least 18 mainly European countries to discuss various issues relating to the media, particularly with regards to self-regulation
and independence.

Photocaption: (from left) Mr Josef Camilleri, HSBC's Public Relations Manager, Mr Tim Fitzpatrick, Mr Malcolm J. Naudi, Mr Joe A. Vella and Mr Joe MifsudThe conference, which is being organised by The Malta Press Club (TMPC), is the fourth one being held annually by AIPCE in different member countries. Previous editions were held in London (1999), Bonn (2000) and Dublin (2001). Malta will be represented by a delegation from the Press Ethics Commission (Malta) led by Chief Justice Emeritus, Professor Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici.

HSBC’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Tim Fitzpatrick, presented the sponsorship to the Chairman of The Malta Press Club, Mr Malcolm J. Naudi. Also present were TMPC Honorary Secretary Mr. Joe A. Vella and Conference Coordinator, Mr Joe Mifsud.

Mr. Fitzpatrick said: “HSBC recognises the crucial importance of an independent media in the functioning of a democratic society and is therefore delighted to offer its support to this AIPCE conference which will give journalists from across Europe and beyond the opportunity to discuss matters of common interest,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.The Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe is a loose-knit group whose members believe in the application of self-regulation and independence from government both on a regional and national level. The Alliance was formed so journalists from across Europe can co-operate with each other through the exchange of views and information on a regular
basis, but without the need for formal bureaucracy. A meeting is held every year to discuss matters of mutual interest.

“The Malta Press Club is a founder member of AIPCE and believes in the same principals of other organisations who are members of AIPCE,” said Mr Naudi. “This means that the writing of codes of journalistic ethics and their administration is the business of journalists and publishers, not politicians and legislators.”

“Thanks to the support from HSBC, TMPC will this year be able to host the annual meeting of AIPCE here in Malta and help us to continue in our common effort to protect the rights and freedoms of journalists throughout the continent.”


Columnist and Press Club member Simone Zammit Endrich wrote to the Malta Press Club on Saturday, July 13, 2002.

Ms. Zammit Endrich and the editor of “The Malta Independent” are to face court charges over an article entitled “Bitter Harvest” which the police claim it contained racial hatred.

The Malta Press Club has researched the case and published a position paper. Click hereto read it.

Data: 26.8.2002
Press release: 17/2002


The Malta Press Club (TMPC) jikkundanna minghajr riservi l-vjolenza fizika li twetqet fuq il-gurnalista u membru tal-Kunsill, Joe Mifsud fil-kuridur tal-Qorti l-lum.

Dan l-attakk sar minn bniedem maghruf fil-qasam tad-divertiment f’Paceville. Mifsud sofra griehi f’rasu u f’dahru, apparti li tkissirlu n-nuccali. L-attakk fuq Joe Mifsud sehh l-ghada li ppubblika artiklu ta’ gurnalizmu investigattiv dwar traffikar ta’ droga.

The Malta Press Club juri solidarjeta’ shiha u appogg ma’ Joe Mifsud.

The Malta Press Club jirringrazzja lill-Kummissarju tal-Pulizija li mal-ewwel ha azzjoni u arresta lill-persuna li wettqet l-attakk. Il-Kunsill japprezza u jirringrazzja lill-membri tal-Press Club li cemplu biex jesprimu d-dispjacir u l-kundanna taghhom ghal dak li garrab Joe Mifsud.

Min-naha l-ohra, The Malta Press Club isostni li m’ghandux bzonn u mhux se jirrikonoxxi s-“solidarjeta'” falza ta’ min fil-passat heggeg biex Joe Mifsud jissawwat jew ta’ min sahansitra imbarka fuq kampanja ta’ tghajjir u zeblieh kontinwu kontra The Malta Press Club.

Qabel ma nibdew nitkellmu fuq principji li ilhom accettati f’pajjizi ohra Ewropej, The Malta Press Club jemmen li jkun ahjar jekk jikkoncentra fuq li tinqata’ darba ghal dejjem il-vjolenza fizika li ghal darb’ohra f’Malta xirfet rasha kontra l-gurnalisti.

Dan kien it-tminn incident ta’ vjolenza fizika fuq gurnalisti fi tlettax-il xahar u t-tieni wiehed li sar fil-bini tal-Qorti sa minn Jannar li ghadda.



The Malta Press Club (TMPC) welcomes the long-awaited decision by the
University of Malta to set up a Masters degree and a Diploma in Journalism.

In its 5-year (1998-2003) plan which is based in three policy areas: ethics,
education and professionalisation, The Malta Press Club had called upon the
University of Malta to set up a Diploma and a Masters in Journalism.

“It is very encouraging to note that the University is holding both a
Diploma and a Masters in Journalism as we had originally proposed way back
in October 1998,” said the Honorary Secretary of The Malta Press Club, Mr
Joe A. Vella. “A special word of thanks goes to The Strickland Foundation
for its financial contribution” said Mr Vella.

The Malta Press Club also acknowledges the effort of Fondazzjoni Tumas
Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu towards the setting up of this

The Malta Press Club is willing to further cooperation with University so
that both journalism courses reach their objective. “Among our membership
are individuals who have long years of experience in the field. They are a
vital asset and they can actively contribute to the further enhancement of
these courses.

The Malta Press Club has always believed that there is scope for enhancing
the synergies between all the institutions involved in promoting a more
ethical and professional approach to journalism in Malta.



The Council of The Malta Press Club (TMPC) has published a document about investigative journalism. Researched and prepared by TMPC Council members Joe Mifsud and Carmel Bonello, the document is the first known attempt in Malta to define investigative journalism, its moral underpinnings and its professional responsibilities. Referring to European case law and to various studies in this area, the document establishes guidelines for conducting investigative work in Malta.

The document is available as a Word document by clicking here.

The document states that an investigative journalist is a person whose aim is to discover the truth and to identify shortcomings concerning truth and publish/broadcast in whatever media may be available. The basis of the insistence in investigating an issue should be primarily a moral one, and should not be politically, financially or personally motivated. Investigative journalists are those who:

– want to make the public think and take action on matters which were previously neglected or ignored;
– champion the weak;
– accuse the guilty; and
– who tell society what is and is not acceptable behaviour.

Apart from these moral qualities, there are also competencies, which investigative journalists need to have before embarking on proper investigative journalism. The document of The Malta Press Club provides a first attempt at defining these competencies and qualities.

An investigative journalist must be very careful when:

1. making serious allegations against people. It is the evidence that really matters;

2. entering restricted and unauthorised areas. S/he must be prepared to pay for her/his actions, because the journalist is not above the law: “Yes, I violated the law,” Rivera said. “It was a question of balance. I stood ready, willing and able to suffer the consequences. I stood ready to be prosecuted” (see Willowbrook case quoted in the TMPC Position Paper);

3. causing damage in order to prove the point of upholding what is right. The journalist should immediately and voluntarily ask to pay for the damage caused in order to prove that his/her action was in good faith and in the public interest, and should not let the other party take the journalist to Court in order to reclaim payment for damage caused; and

4. assigning unknown, junior and/or less experienced members of his/her investigative team to situations which may expose them to high risk to their safety and health. In such cases, the final responsibility for the preparation of the junior persons and for the risks they encounter is of the leader of the investigative journalistic team.

The Malta Press Club adopts Alfred Hill’s position (please refer to TMPC Position Paper) that “in cases of relative public importance they [investigative journalists] must be allowed a greater degree of offensiveness than in others” and should the Court decide that the action was in the public interest, then this should have a bearing on the final Court decision.

If investigative journalists are to undertake the role of watchdog in society, then they must perform this role in a responsible manner, maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards of accuracy.

Investigative journalists should be aware that they are themselves assuming the high moral ground, and from that point onwards can never be considered as private individuals by society. They should be aware that now their actions, even if not related to journalism, will be scrutinised in the same manner as they have a duty to scrutinise the public lives of others (such as politicians, officials, etc.). It is essential, therefore, that bona fide investigative journalists are recognised by their qualities, which include courage in the face of adversity and consistent, upright principles.

Investigative journalism goes beyond the main functions of normal day-to-day journalism, which are researching, reporting and analysing. This does not eliminate the fact that journalists are admired for their everyday efforts when they are capable of describing their subject in an accurate (informing), explanatory (educating) and vivid (entertaining) manner. There are times, however, when the term “investigative journalism” is bandied about more because it’s catchy sounding than to describe a real and professional effort to uncover the truth. This abuse has to stop.

The Malta Press Club reiterates that this document does not seek to interfere with the independence of the Judiciary, but it is expected to be of assistance to journalists in the present ongoing drawing up of a general position paper covering various aspects of journalism in Malta. Earlier on this month, The Malta Press Club launched a Draft Position Paper covering various other journalistic aspects on this website (see below).

Finally, The Malta Press Club, as the association representing journalists in Malta, considers it to be its duty to establish guidelines where journalism is concerned. In the meantime, The Malta Press Club is considering other pending court cases.


The Malta Press Club has drawn up a Position Paper, based on the recommendation of The Malta Press Club’s 2002 Annual General Meeting.

It is seeking to set out guidelines for journalists and media practitioners on how to behave in view of a number of experiences that we have lived through in recent years.

It is intended to serve as the basis for a practical and useful policy document for the Council and members of The Malta Press Club in the context both of today’s realities and of the foreseeable future for the media in Malta.

The first draft can be viewed on this website for comments [in RTF format, click here to download a copy], together with amendments by members of The Malta Press Club, other journalists and the public.

Comments and amendments are to be submitted in writing to The Malta Press Club, P.O. Box 412, Valletta, Malta CMR 01, by not later than Wednesday 31 July 2002.

As a first draft, it still requires, among others, an executive summary, further updating of referenced texts plus an up-to-date bibliography. The Council of The Malta Press Club, however, thought it would be a good idea if this text is provisionally published in the present form, so that more persons would be in a position to contribute their comments and amendments.

Press Club supports IFJ call for the right to protect sources
The Malta Press Club supports the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists in calling on the European Court of Human Rights to safeguard journalists’ right to protect their sources.

The action comes after the IFJ/EFJ examined a petition introduced on June 25th by IFJ/EFJ affiliated General Association of Professional Journalists of Belgium, the Society of Professional Journalists of Le Soir and by four professional journalists against the Belgian state.

According to information from IFJ, massive searches took place in June 1995 in four offices of the Belgian media and in the private houses of five journalists. Dozens of files, floppy disks and computer hard disks belonging to the journalists were confiscated. They claim these searches only had one aim: to discover who, inside the authorities of the Belgian Justice, gave certain information to those journalists regarding an ongoing investigation into “the Cools affair”, which refers to the name of the Minister of State killed in Liege in 1991.

“This case is of crucial importance to the European journalism community”, said Gustl Glattfelder, chairman of the EFJ, “not only for the freedom to inform and for journalists in Belgium, but also for all member countries of the Council of Europe that have to include the decision in their national law”.

The Malta Press Club recalled that the article for the protection of journalists’ sources was introduced in The Press Act (1996) on the insistence of The Malta Press Club itself. This is in addition to the rights enshrined in the Constitution of Malta and the European Convention Act (1996).

The further extension of the protection of journalists’ sources is also one of the issues, which is being included in the Position Paper, which The Malta Press Club will be presenting to its members during an extraordinary general meeting in the coming weeks.

Carmel Bonello

Education and Information Secretary

The Malta Press Club


Launched by television presenter Sir Trevor McDonald and former Commonwealth Secretary-General Chief Emeka Anyaoku in May 2001 to promote excellence in filmmaking across the Commonwealth, the Vision Awards attracted entrants from every quarter of the association’s wide reach and diverse breadth. Nine of these entrants were commissioned to make a 90 second advertisement on theme for Commonwealth Day 2002, Celebrating Diversity. Despite the cancellation of the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) in Brisbane, Australia last month, these nine films were presented and screened at the People’s Centre in the Queensland capital.

Diplomats, Commonwealth dignitaries, senior government officials, film industry representatives and members of the media joined the Guest of Honour, Don McKinnon, International Development Select Committee member, Tony Baldry MP and members of the Royal Commonwealth Society in celebrating Commonwealth filmmakers.

An initiative of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, the Vision Awards were also judged by a selection panel drawn from the co-sponsors: the Department for International Development, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, BBC World Service, British Council, Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

“Partners in Development” is the theme of the Second Commonwealth Vision Awards competition launched in London on 9 May 2002.

Broadcasters and independent programme makers across the Commonwealth are invited to submit initial entries by providing a written scenario on the chosen theme. Up to 15 applicants will then be shortlisted and awarded £1000 each to assist in the production of the finished film, which should be between 30 to 90 seconds long.

Judging of the shortlisted files will take place in October 2002 and the awards will be announced and presented in November 2002. The winning entries will be broadcast in member countries from January 2003 and particularly on Commonwealth Day 2003 (10 March).

The competition is organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA).

An application form and brochure are available from: The Commonwealth Vision Awards, c/o RCS, 18 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BJ, UK, Fax: +44 (0)20 7930 9705; E-mail:

Applications may also be made on line at

Closing date for applications is 31 July 2002.

The Vision Awards scheme is supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UK Department for International Development, the BBC World Service, the Commonwealth Foundation, the British Council, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Press Release: 10/2002
Data: 6 ta’ Mejju 2002


The Malta Press Club appella lill-Awtoritajiet Maltin biex jiehdu pozizzjoni aktar iebsa fil-konfront tal-Gvern Izraeljan wara vjolenza li saret u ghadha qed issir, partikularment, f’dawn l-ahhar gimghat, fuq gurnalisti mill-militar Izraeljan.

Fl-ittra li The Malta Press Club bghat lill-President ta’ Malta, lill-Prim Ministru, lill-Kap ta’ l-Oppozizzjoni u lill-Ispeaker tal-Parlament Malti ntqal: “F’dawn l-ahhar gimghat rajna biss dak li l-Prim Ministru Izraeljan Sharon ddecieda li ghandna naraw u xejn izjed. Minn dan biss, ukoll qed nassistu ghat-terrorizmu tal-magna militari Izraeljana kontra l-gurnalisti ta’ kull nazzjon. L-esperjenza tar-realta’ tal-hajja qed twassalna biex nikkonkludu li qed issir kampanja ta’ terrur kontra poplu li qed jitwassal ghad-disprazzjoni.”

“Is-sigurta’ tal-poplu Izraeljan, li hija importanti daqs dik tal-poplu Palestinjan, ma tinkisibx jekk mhux billi titnissel il-paci fil-qlub. Din, min-naha taghha, ma tistax issehh jekk Izrael ma jirtirax mit-territorji okkupati kollha qabel ma jkun tard wisq,” tghid l-ittra.

It-theddid u insulti kontinwi ta’ Izrael lil Arafat huma mekkanizmu ta’ kontra-hin mixghul u mwahhal ma’ bomba geo-politika. L-istess stabbiltà tal-gvernijiet Gharab qed tkun mhedda.

Quddiem dan l-orrur kollu u quddiem l-inkapacita’ ta’ min suppost jikkontrolla li dan ma jsehhx, The Malta Press Club jesprimi solidarjeta’ shiha mal-gurnalisti u mal-popli milquta minn din ir-ripressjoni, kif diga’ ghamel ix-xahar li ghadda f’Cipru flimkien ma’ ghaqdiet tal-gurnalisti mill-Mediterran.

Fl-istess waqt, u bir-rispett kollu, The Malta Press Club talab lill-President ta’ Malta u lir-Rapprezentanti tal-Poplu Malti, biex, mhux biss, izidu l-impenn taghhom ghal soluzzjoni, imma biex jiehdu wkoll dawk l-azzjonijiet kollha li Malta tista’ tiehu fil-konfront tal-Gvern Izraeljan.

Dan ghandu jsir biex, qabel xejn, il-Gvern Izraeljan jibda jirrispetta d-dmirijiet tal-gurnalisti u jhallihom jaqdu dmirhom kif suppost, u t-tieninett biex ikun difiz il-poplu Palestinjan.



BPC Award TrophyTo celebrate World Press Freedom Day, taking place this Friday 3rd May, The Malta Press Club has organised the 12th edition of the BPC Award to Journalists competition.

From the 15 finalists, the judging panel, made up of Mr Anton Cassar, Mr Victor Formosa and Dr Janet Mifsud as Chairman chose these winners in the following categories:

Print Journalism: Herman Grech

Broadcast Journalism: Reno Bugeja

Sports Journalism: John Busuttil & Sandro Micallef

Press Cartoons: ——————-

Press Photography: Darrin J Zammit Lupi

This is the twelfth consecutive year that this annual competition is being organised by The Malta Press Club and sponsored by BPC International Ltd. This year the presentation of the awards ceremony took place at the Audiovision Centre studios in Hamrun.

The judging panel also prepared a detailed report on the submissions and their journalistic quality. The report (which is attached) was read out prior to the presentation.

During the ceremony, the winner of the Gold Award was also announced. This award is given by the judging panel to a nominated person whose contribution to journalism throughout their career goes beyond the requisites of normal professional practice. The members of the judging panel for the Gold Award were Mr Lino Bugeja, Mr Michael Falzon and His Excellency President Emeritus, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, as Chairman.

This year the Gold Award was presented to: Chev. Anthony Montanaro.

In the four previous editions of the Gold Award, the winners were Fr Joe Borg (1998), Mr Anton Cassar (1999), Mr Frank Attard (2000) and Mr J.G. Vassallo (2001)

Click here for more details on the BPC Award.



The Commonwealth Secretariat, based in London, United Kingdom, is the
intergovernmental association founded to serve the governments and
peoples of all 54 Commonwealth countries.

The Communications and Public Affairs Division of the Secretariat seeks a
young journalist from a Commonwealth member country to undertake a work
attachment in the production of written articles for its publications.
The duration of the attachment will be six months commencing mid-July
2002. The candidate will be working mainly on the ‘Commonwealth News and
Information Service’- a weekly e-mailed bulletin of Commonwealth news and

The ideal candidate will be up to 28 years of age and have a minimum of
two years’ experience as a journalist with an English language newspaper,
broadcasting (TV and radio) organisation, news agency or national
information agency. Basic word-processing skills and familiarity with
e-mail are required.

The successful candidate will be working at the Secretariat in London and
will be paid a fixed allowance to cover accommodation and living
expenses. A return airfare will be provided.

The successful candidate’s employer will be expected to provide a
guarantee that the candidate will be able to return to their job after
the attachment. During the attachment, the candidate will have ample
opportunity to report on Commonwealth events for their organisation.

Interested candidates should send their CV plus three published feature
articles or news reports to:

Ms A Yeboah-Afari
Public Affairs Officer
Communications and Public Affairs Division
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5HX
Fax: +44 (0)20 7839 9081

The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 May 2002.

For more information about the Commonwealth, visit the Commonwealth
Secretariat website:

PRESS RELEASE: 23.03.2001


The Malta Press Club habbar l-ismijiet tal-hmistax-il finalist li lahqu l-istadju finali tal-kompetizzjoni gurnalistika BPC Award to Journalists minn fost 35 partecipant.
Din hija t-tnax-il edizzjoni konsekuttiva li qed tkun organizzata fuq bazi annwali minn The Malta Press Club u sponsorjata mill-BPC International Ltd. Din is-sena c-cerimonja tal-premjazzjoni se ssir t-Tlieta 30 ta’ April fis-7.00pm fl-istudios ta’ l-Audiovision Productions, il-Hamrun.

Il-Gurija ta’ din l-edizzjoni ghazlet lil dawn il-finalisti f’ordni alfabetika:

Gurnalizmu Stampat
Daniela Attard Bezzina (l-orizzont), Tonio Bonello (Freelancer – il-Mument),
George Cini (The Times), Herman Grech (The Times), Ariadne Massa (The Times),
u John Pisani (l-orizzont / It-Torca).

Gurnalizmu Sportiv
John Busuttil/Sandro Micallef (Net TV),
u Lewis Portelli (Freelancer-The Times / The Sunday Times).

Karikatura Gurnalistika
Joe Mercieca (l-orizzont)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku
Domenic Aquilina (Freelancer), Michael Ellul (In-Nazzjon)
u Darrin J. Zammit Lupi (The Times).

Gurnalizmu Mxandar
Tonio Bonello (Freelancer – Radju ta’ l-Universita’), Reno Bugeja (TVM)
u Victor Grech (TVM).

Huwa importanti li wiehed ikun jaf li mhux bilfors ikun hemm rebbieh f’kull kategorija.
Il-Gurija qed thejji wkoll rapport dettaljat dwar is-sottomissjonijiet u l-livell gurnalistiku taghhom, liema rapport jinqara qabel il-premjazzjoni.

Fl-istess cerimonja jithabbar ukoll ir-rebbieh tal-Gold Award. Dan jinghata lil dik il-persuna nominata li skond il-Gurija tkun marret lil hinn minn rekwiziti ta’ prattika normali fil-gurnalizmu tul il-karriera gurnalistika taghha. Fl-erba’ edizzjonijiet li saru s’issa dan l-unur intrebah minn Fr Joe Borg (1998), mis-sur Anton Cassar (1999), mis-sur Frank Attard (2000) u mis-sur J.G. Vassallo (2001).



Circular to Members: 11th March 2002


The eMalta Commission, in conjunction with The Malta Press Club, is holding another half day seminar for journalists on Thursday 4th April 2002 at the Victoria Hotel, Sliema. The seminar, entitled “Communicating the information society” aims to brief Maltese journalists on new ways of obtaining and disseminating Government information.

TMPC Members are invited to apply on the attached form to attend this Seminar. Application forms are to be submitted on fax number 249 290 by not later than Tuesday 2nd April 2002 at 15.00 hrs.

A maximum number of 25 journalists will be accepted for this seminar. The half-day seminar is FREE of charge. Parking is available at both Hotel’s underground carpark and at Capua Hospital Car Park. Your cooperation is appreciated.


13.30 hrs Coffee/Tea and Sandwiches

14:00 hrs Ms. Celia Falzon e-Commerce Legislation
Malta Communications Authority

14:45 hrs Mr. Malcolm Mallia m-Government
Vodafone Company

15:30 hrs Dr. Austin Gatt Speech and Q & A from participants
Minister for Justice and Local Government

(Presentation of Computer System + e-mail logins for journalists)
16:00 hrs Coffee Break

16:15 hrs Mr. Claudio Grech Local Electronic Policy
Executive Secretary – eMalta Commission

16:45 hrs Mr. David Spiteri Gingell The role of MITTS in e-Government



Thursday 4th April 2002, Victoria Hotel, Sliema
“Communicating the information society”
15.00 hrs – 17.30hrs

Name & Surname of Member ________________________________________

Home Address ___________________________________________________


Designation: _______________________________Fax:__________________

Name of Medium (if any)_____________________________________________

Each Member is being kindly asked to submit his/her application via fax on 249 290 by not later than Tuesday 2nd April 2002 at 3pm. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Applications will therefore be treated on first-come-first served basis.

Carmel Bonello M.Sc.
Education and Information Secretary
The Malta Press Club


Press release: 7/2002
Date: 12.3.2002


The International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC) has addressed an open letter to the government of Pakistan urging the authorities to pursue justice in the case of Daniel Pearl.

Michel Fernet, president of the IAPC, who is from the Press Club of France; Jim Laurie, of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club, Hong Kong, and who serves as vice-president; Mona Al Marri, executive manager of Dubai Press Club, who serves as general secretary of IAPC; and all members of the IAPC, which includes the European Federation of Press Clubs, Geneva, Singapore, India, London and The Malta Press Club (TMPC), all signed the open letter.

The letter said: “The IAPC wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Daniel Pearl, who was a Wall Street Journal reporter and was murdered by kidnappers in Pakistan. We urge the government to put all available resources into bringing to justice those who were behind Daniel’s killing.

It added: “The brutality of his murder and the callousness of those who videotaped their repugnant actions have shocked people around the world. That Daniel was innocent of any wrongdoing has been obvious from the start and no one should be confused as to the reason why he was murdered: Danny was killed simply for who and what he was, a reporter trying diligently to take a look behind the headlines and learn the truth.”


Circular to Members:

Motion entitled “Restructuring of TMPC Membership”

Following the Annual General Meeting, the Council received suggestions for amendments of the following Motion, which is to be re-presented to members during an Extraordinary General Meeting.

The Council would like to advise Members to send in their feedback in writing by not later than Friday, 15 March, 2002.

The Motion

There will be three categories in TMPC Membership Structure having different Membership Criteria:

” Associates
Associate membership shall be open to individuals who:
a. have at least one year’s experience in the practice of journalism, or
b. are following studies in journalism; or
c. are in traineeship with a local newsroom;
d. are bona-fide journalists working in other countries (e.g. Maltese-Australians)
or temporarily in Malta; and
e. whose applications are acceptable to the Council.

Associates shall be entitled to a number of member benefits as full members, but shall not vote at any general meeting of TMPC.

They may maintain Associate Status only so long as they do not meet the Criteria for Full Membership of TMPC, when they must apply to TMPC Council for transfer to that category.

” Full Members
The following individuals, whose application is acceptable to the Council, are eligible to be Full Members, provided that they have one set of the following criteria:
Set 1
(1) at least five years of full-time experience in the practice of journalism;
(2) an acceptable academic qualification,
(3) two years of consecutive membership as TMPC associate; and
(4) achieve the Criteria for Full Membership;


Set 2
(1) at least ten years’ experience in journalism at the time of their application, and
(2) achieve the Criteria for Full Membership.

Full Members who fail to pay membership subscriptions for a particular year lose full membership and its benefits, and for one year upon re-joining will be considered as Associate Members prior to becoming Full Members again.

Members shall be entitled to ONE vote with a weighting of FOUR at any general meeting.

” Fellows
The following individuals shall be considered as eligible for Fellowship:

(a) TMPC Members who have been active (i.e.: attending and participating in TMPC events, journalistically supportive of TMPC, etc.) for 20 years and with 25 or more years experience in journalism; or

(b) TMPC Members who, through their pro-active commitment exclusively at Council level, have significantly contributed to journalism for at least 10 years (which may or may not be continuous); or

(c) Individuals who have obtained (1) a qualification recognised by TMPC Council along with 20 years in journalism, (2) continuously and successfully attended, and continue to attend the ongoing professional development (CPD) programme while continuously retaining TMPC membership; or

(d) TMPC members who have pro-actively served for 15 years (which may or may not be continuous) in a Working Group/s established by Council, or as Newsroom Delegates; or

(e) TMPC Members who are awarded the Gold Award.

Fellows shall be entitled to vote at any general meeting.

Fellows shall continue to strive to be the most exemplary members of the profession.

Criteria of Full Membership Process

The Council shall reclassify – in the first instance – all present members into THREE categories – namely Associates, Full Members and Fellows during 2002 and by 1 July, 2002, shall inform each present member of his or her new category which will be effective as from 1 December 2002.

After 1 July, 2002, all new Membership applications shall be worked out on a credit system whereby a Full Member must obtain at least 60 points, otherwise s/he will retain Associate Membership until the required criteria are eventually achieved.

Ph.D.: 10 (plus)
MA/M.Sc. 10 (plus)
BA 10 (plus)
Diploma 5 (plus)
CPD 1 p/yr (a person attending at least three FTFEG courses per year)

One point for every year less than ten years (plus).
Two points for every year more than ten years (plus).
Three points for every year more than twenty years (plus).
Four points for every year more than thirty years (plus).
Five points for every year more than forty years.

Years in TMPC Subscription Payment
One point for every year less than ten years (plus).
Two points for every year more than ten years.
Years in active ‘membership’ role at TMPC level
Three points for every year.
Years as Council Member
Ten points for every year.

One point for every year’s participation (plus)
Two points for every Finalist status (plus)
Five points for every Winner status.



Chief Justice Noel Arrigo (centre) with the members of TMPC CouncilChief Justice Noel Arrigo, yesterday, proposed to hold a meeting with editors, heads of news and news editors of local media, following his recent appointment.

The Chief Justice had a cordial meeting with the Council of The Malta Press Club (TMPC), headed by chairman Malcolm J. Naudi, who was accompanied by secretary general Joe A. Vella, treasurer Mario Schiavone and activities secretary Joe Mifsud.

During the hour-long meeting, the Chief Justice had an open, frank discussion with TMPC Council on issues that relate to the media and media coverage of the law courts. He expressed the intention to follow up the meeting with the editors with one with court reporters and all those with an interest in the coverage of the law courts.

Dr Arrigo said he does not wish to favour any particular medium but wishes to give all media equal access.




The Malta Press Club (TMPC) jikkundanna l-vjolenza fizika u l-abbuzi verbali li twettqu minn persuni fuq tliet gurnalisti li kienu gol-Press Room tal-Qorti l-lum wara nofsinhar.

The Malta Press Club jesigi li jittiehdu l-passi kontra min wettaq il-kaz.

The Malta Press Club juri solidarjeta’ shiha u appogg mal-gurnalisti attakkati.

The Malta Press Club jirringrazzja:

– lill-Magistrat Silvio Meli li kien fil-bini tal-qorti u ta l-ghajnuna lill-gurnalista
minnhom li kellha xokk fuqha;

– lill-gurnalisti l-ohra li wrew solidarjeta’ u ghenu lill-kollega taghhom;

– lill-pulizija inkarigat mis-sigurta’ fil-qorti li minnufih wasal fuq il-post u informa lis-superjuri tieghu b’dak li kien sehh.

Waqt dan l-incident qraba ta’ l-akkuzati bdew joffendu lill-ufficjali tal-korp tal-pulizija.

Minhabba li fil-bini tal-qorti kien hemm ufficjal tal-Kunsill tal-Press Club, b’mod immedjat bdew jittiehdu l-passi mal-Pulizija, wara li kien accertat li ma kienx ghad hemm periklu ghall-gurnalisti prezenti.

Il-pulizija tal-Ghassa tal-Belt qeghdin jinvestigaw il-kaz.

Dan kien is-seba’ incident ta’ vjolenza fizika fuq gurnalisti f’seba’ xhur.

The Malta Press Club jemmen li l-gurnalisti ghandhom jaqdu dmirhom meta jkunu msejjha mill-Qorti, halli b’hekk il-gurnalisti jkunu mharsa, u kazi bhal dawn jispiccaw minn Malta darba ghal dejjem.

The Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) invite entries for:

The 2002-2003
Commonwealth Photographic Awards

Theme: “Challenges”

This is an open competition (for all commonwealth residents) for colour or black & white photographs on the theme of ‘Challenges’. Entrants are invited to interpret the theme as freely as they like. Photos will be judged on both technical quality and interpretation of the theme. Most of the winning photographs will be featured in a television programme based on the Awards and made available for broadcast in over 40 countries around the Commonwealth. There will also be several exhibitions around the world incorporating the winning photographs. Recommended print size: Approximately 8” x 12”, although all print sizes will be permitted

1st Prize – £2000 sterling with cash prizes for regional winners and 20 runner-up cash prizes

Entry details:

1. Prints only will be accepted and deadline for entries is 1 June 2002
2. No entry form or fee is needed
3. Entry is restricted to Commonwealth residents although pictures may have been
taken anywhere in the world. Only one print per person is permitted.
4. Please print name, address, email address, telephone and fax number, on the back
of the photograph.
5. Include a paragraph (approx. 50 words) explaining why you think this photo is
significant and giving details of what it shows.
6. Photographs must not have been previously published in any form.
7. Entries will not be returned or acknowledged. Only winners will be contacted.
8. The sponsors reserve the right to use any of the winning photographs for purposes
in connection with the competition (exhibitions, publishing, broadcast and electronic
rights). We will not ask for exclusive copyright.

Sponsored by The Commonwealth Foundation with additional support from the Commonwealth Telecommunciations Organisation

Check out CPU’s website for a report on 2001/2002 Awards <;

Send your entry to: Photo Awards, CBA, 17 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA, UK
Tel: 44 20 7583 5550 Fax: 44 20 7583 5549 email:

Jane Rangeley
Training Director
Commonwealth Press Union
17 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1AA
Tel: +44 20 7583 7733
Fax: +44 21 7583 6868

Date: 15th January 2002


The programme for the Introductory Course to Financial Journalism is available here. It is in Microsoft Excel format.

The fee is Lm50 including three meals.


Date: 15th January 2002


BPC Award TrophyThe Council of The Malta Press Club (TMPC) reminds all journalists that submissions for the 12th edition of the BPC AWARD TO JOURNALISTS will be received as from this Monday 21st January 2002 till the following Friday 25th January 2002 between 8am and 5pm.

Editors and News Editors have the possibility of submitting entries on behalf of their journalistic staff. There are five categories for this year’s edition: print journalism, sport journalism, press photography, press cartoons, and broadcast (radio / tv / internet) journalism. As from this edition, e-journalists may participate in the broadcast category.

The Malta Press Club would also like to draw the attention of all radio stations that if there is a substantial number of quality submissions in the Broadcast Category for this edition and the next, The Malta Press Club will consider re-opening the Radio Category on its own.

The BPC AWARD TO JOURNALISTS is open to all journalists in Malta and Gozo, whether they are members of The Malta Press Club or not, who during the Year 2001 have striven to improve the standard of journalism in Malta. All entries, whether in Maltese or in English, must have been published or broadcast in Malta between 1st January 2000 and 31st December 2001.

Entries in all categories shall be handed in to the BPC AWARD TO JOURNALISTS Secretariat, c/o BPC International Limited, J. Gasan Street, Pieta`. Applications may be obtained from The Malta Press Club, P.O. Box 412, Valletta (tel: 243212)

Gold Award

Submissions for the Gold Award will soon be due. These are to be sent to the Gold Award Commission, BPC International Limited, J. Gasan Street, Pieta’, by not later than Friday 1st February 2002, during office hours. The four previous winners were Fr Joe Borg (1998), Anton Cassar (1999), Frank Attard (2000) and J.G. Vassallo (2001).

Further information and the Gold Award regulations may be obtained from The Malta Press Club’s General Secretary, Mr Joe A. Vella on tel # 373826 or from this website.

Press Release: 01/2002
Dated : 10 January 2002

– The Malta Press Club one of its founder members –

The Malta Press Club (TMPC) is one of ten founder members of the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC) established in Dubai. Earlier this week, a four-strong TMPC delegation led by the General Secretary, Mr Joe A. Vella, signed the foundation statute. The other representatives hailed from the Press Club Concordia of Vienna, Press Club de France, Geneva Press Club, Press Club of India, Press Club of Singapore, Kazakhstan Press Club, Munich Press Club, the European Federation of Press Clubs and the National Press Club of Australia.

The IAPC’s objective is to foster dialogue, cooperation and exchange of practical experience and ideas between its members. The first activity of the IAPC was a high profile media summit attended by press clubs representatives, and by about 100 journalists hailing from various countries.

The summit tackled three main subjects: freedom of the press in developing countries, technology and e-journalism, and the role and development of press clubs. The latter session was also addressed by TMPC Education and Information Secretary, Mr Carmel Bonello, who proposed ways of future cooperation between the various press clubs in three particular fields: education, ethics and professionalisation.

“During both the press clubs’ forum and the media summit, we had various opportunities to meet and exchange views with the representatives of some of the top press clubs in the world,” said Mr Vella. “It was a unique opportunity to learn from other press club managements as well as to introduce The Malta Press Club to the other press clubs worldwide.

“We are very encouraged by the feedback we received from the representatives of the other press clubs. What is being achieved by TMPC through the 1998-2003 strategic plan should be appreciated by all journalists in Malta, especially when one considers that various individuals are voluntarily donating their time for the benefit of fellow journalists,” said Mr Vella

The TMPC delegation, including Treasurer, Mr Mario Schiavone, and Activities Secretary, Mr Joe Mifsud, was cordially hosted by the Dubai Press Club with whom TMPC had established contacts since their foundation in 1999. “The Dubai Press Club extended very warm hospitality to all members of the Maltese delegation, making it possible for TMPC council members to gain valuable insight and experience at international level,” concluded Mr Vella.

The Malta Press Club was formally invited to join the European Federation of Press Clubs during its next annual meeting in Milan in May 2002. The Federation consists of 16 press clubs from Italy, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, England, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Russia.