Press Release archive – 2006, 2005 & 2004

Press Release
Date: 22 December 2006

IGM’S POSITION ON BONDIPLUS COMPLAINT

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) received a complaint from Lou Bondi on Wednesday, December 20, about the decision by Public Broadcasting Services – Malta (PBS) to request that the subject of the December 19 edition of Bondiplus be changed.

Mr Bondi submitted a detailed dossier with his version of events relating to Bondiplus’s proposed subject of the edition: John Dalli’s political case. He listed three previous occasions when Mr Dalli has appeared on Bondiplus: on January 4 and June 29, 2004, and on May 24, 2005.

More recently, Mr Dalli has appeared on two other TV programmes: the October 9 edition of Passju on PBS; and the November 1 edition of Vi?i Versa on One TV. Mr Bondi said the Joe Zahra report is mentioned in both the May 24, 2005, edition of Bondiplus and the two more recent TV programmes, apart from the December 6 edition of Vici Versa.

In no instance, Mr Bondi argues, did the Broadcasting Authority or the Courts take action against these programmes.

Bondiplus first invited Mr Dalli to be the sole guest on a forthcoming programme on December 7. On December 11, Mr Bondi sent an e-mail to Simon Lumsden, head of Programmes at PBS, proposing that the December 19 edition of Bondiplus be changed and that “the John Dalli case” be the new subject.

On the same day, Mr Dalli turned down Mr Bondi’s invitation to appear on Bondiplus. Mr Bondi informed Mr Dalli that the programme would go ahead as planned. The directors of Where’s Everybody?, producers of Bondiplus, confirmed this in a letter published in L-orizzont on December 13.

Mr Lumsden informed Mr Bondi by e-mail on December 14 of the PBS Editorial Board’s decision not to have the “John Dalli controversy as the subject of next Tuesday’s programme” and that the “Dalli issue” would be discussed by the board the next day. Mr Bondi immediately registered his disagreement with Mr Lumsden, PBS Editorial Board chairman John Camilleri, PBS consultant Andrew Psaila and PBS CEO Albert Debono.

Mr Lumsden informed Mr Bondi by e-mail on December 15 of the three reasons why the PBS Editorial Board decided to reject the subject of the programme:

1. the case relating to the programme would be sub judice. In a statement issued by Mr Camilleri on Wednesday, he explained that this was because Mr Zahra had appealed his Court sentence. On this the PBS Editorial Board had taken legal advice;

2. there was a conflict of interest with regard… to the broadcasting guidelines as outlined in Clause 5. This relates to the journalist’s duty to respect the right to privacy of individuals involved in criminal trials; and

3. Mr Zahra was part of Where’s Everybody? and the presenter relied on him to carry out certain investigative work.

In his complaint to the IGM, Mr Bondi denied that Bondiplus was going to violate the sub judice rule and affirmed that it was not going to go beyond what was public.

As to whether Where’s Everybody? would be involved in a conflict of interest if Mr John Dalli were a subject of one of their programmes, Mr Bondi said Mr Zahra had “been out of the company (Where’s Everybody?) for close to a year (in May 2005 when the third Bondiplus programme on which Mr Dalli was a guest was shown)”. So Mr Bondi believes this is “incomprehensible”.

He added that this was the first time that PBS had decided “to ban a topic (for a programme) outright” in 15 years of his association with PBS and that the PBS Editorial Board “refused to even listen to a producer’s plans for a programme before taking a decision”.

On his part, Mr Camilleri issued a statement on Wednesday (referred to above) because of “twisting of the truth” in the media. He wanted the public to judge who was in the know on the media.

The decision on the Bondiplus programme was taken by the entire Editorial Board, Mr Camilleri added, and the facts were:

1. the case was sub judice;

2. Mr Bondi has a conflict of interest in this case and so “it is neither prudent nor wise to produce a programme like that proposed since now there is a court judgment. Apart from that, the association of (Mr) Zahra with the company Where’s Everybody? did not help the journalistic credibility of the programme Bondiplus and, in the opinion of the Editorial Board, the less (Mr) Bondi deals with a subject that in one way or another involves (Mr) Zahra, the better.”

No amount of personal insults from Mr Bondi on any member of the Editorial Board, even if full of untruths, will not frighten, influence or distract the Editorial Board’s attention from doing its duty, Mr Camilleri said.

He ended his statement by pointing out that Where’s Everybody? are “merely contractors paid by PBS and so are subject to the Editorial Board’s direction because it was the Editorial Board not Where’s Everybody? that was responsible for what was broadcast”.

The IGM made several attempts both today and yesterday to contact Mr Camilleri but, after leaving both messages and e-mails, it has had to go ahead with issuing a position without having had the benefit of asking him specific questions related to the case.

However, on the basis of the facts it has in hand, the I?M Council has come to the following conclusions:

1. the subject chosen by Where’s Everybody? for the December 19 edition of Bondiplus was a valid one because it is a case of national importance involving the resignation of a Government minister;

2. the fact that the subject of a programme refuses to appear on that programme – as is his right – should not lead to the cancellation of that programme;

3. the basic principle that should be followed is not to censor before publication or broadcast. On March 28, 2003, in the climax of the electoral campaign, the I?M insisted: “The right to freedom of expression and the right to receive information are inalienable rights… The Council of The Malta Press Club (now the I?M) does not agree that the journalistic content should be stopped or be examined before broadcast. On the other hand, it feels that whoever feels offended on what is published or broadcast should immediately take all the steps permitted by law to safeguard his rights and the journalists should face the consequences if found lacking”;

4. the IGM has taken legal advice to the effect that it is the duty of journalists to bring to public attention elements of sub judice cases that are of national importance and public interest, and this holds true not just in Malta but at the European level. A discussion can take place on live television, and in the media generally, without in any way influencing the court process;

5. PBS, as the main state broadcasting station, should ensure that any programme on such an issue of national importance should be presented by someone with no links with the case if it wants to maintain its credibility and fulfil its national role. It may have to consider carrying this particular subject in another programme because of its national importance. Mr Bondi cannot deny that Mr Zahra has had links with his company and any allegations of conflict of interest that Mr Bondi may level against Mr Camilleri do not minimise Mr Bondi’s own situation; and

6. Ultimately, according to the verbal contract Where’s Everybody? has with PBS for the production and broadcast of Bondiplus for the nine months between October, 2006, and June, 2007, each programme proposal has to be subject to approval by the PBS Editorial Board.

The contract the I?M was shown lists “reasonable objection” as a valid way to have the topic of a programme changed; that the PBS Editorial Board will not “unreasonably withhold” its approval for any programme topic; and any “reasonable grounds” should be specified in writing.

These clauses in the contract appear to have been followed. Yet it would have been in the public interest and also in PBS’s interest had it continued as it has done in the past and come to some form of agreement with Mr Bondi for the programme to have been broadcast with all the safeguards in place. Should Mr Bondi feel that he or Where’s Everybody?’s rights to freedom of expression have been trampled upon by PBS, he can have recourse to the courts and institute proceedings for this breech.


 

Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 24 ta’ Novembru 2006

ILMENT MILL-UFFICCJU TAL-PRIM MINISTRU
DWAR IMGIEBA TA’ GURNALIST TA’ ONE NEWS

Il-bierah filghaxija, l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) ircieva ilment minghand Josephine Vassallo, Segretarja tal-Kommunikazzjoni u Stampa fl-Ufficcju tal-Prim Ministru, dwar imgieba tal-Gurnalist Charlon Gouder ta’ One News.

Fl-ittra taghha Ms Vassallo qalet li, waqt zjara ufficcjali li l-Prim Ministru ghamel filghodu ghand kumpanija privata, is-Sur Gouder baqa’ jsegwi lill-Prim Ministru, li flimkien mal-Kap tal-Kumpanija, kien miexi lejn il-lift.

Il-Prim Ministru stieden lis-Sur Gouder sabiex jibghatlu l-mistoqsijiet bil-miktub halli jkun jista jwiegbu bil-miktub. Il-kap tal-kumpanija kellu jintervjeni sabiex il-Gurnalist u l-cameraman iwarrbu halli huwa jkun jista jkompli jakkumpanja lill-Prim Ministru.

Ms Vassallo qalet li filwaqt li l-Ufficcju tal-Prim Ministru jirrikonoxxi d-drittijiet ta’ l-istampa, iqis li nuqqas ta’ mgieba tajba u maledukata m’ghandu jigi accettat qatt.

Is-Sur Gouder qal li din kienet il-hames darba li Gurnalisti ta’ One News ipprovaw jiehdu kumment minghand il-Prim Ministru fuq l-allegat skandlu tat-tindif fil-qorti. F’zewg okkazjonijiet talab lil Ms Vassallo biex jiehu kumment ta’ zewg minuti minghand il-Prim Ministru.

Is-Sur Gouder qal li il-bierah stenna sa kemm l-avveniment spicca qabel ma pprova jiehu l-opinjoni tal-Prim Ministru fuq il-ka?. Il-Prim Ministru kien ukoll mitlub li jaghti intervista fuq is-suGGett fl-ufficcju tieghu il-bierah wara li l-Kap ta’ l-Oppozizzjoni ghamel il-konferenza ta’ l-ahbarijiet tieghu fuq il-kaz, izda din it-talba ma Gietx milqugha.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin hu tal-fehma li, filwaqt li Gurnalist hu fid-dover li jfittex li jkollu tweGibiet ghal domandi leGittimi, min-naha tieghu il-politiku, bhal ma rajna f’intervisti recenti mal-Kap tal-Oppozizzjoni Dr Alfred Sant u mad-Deputat Mexxej tal-Malta Labour Party Dr Michael Falzon, li Gew mistoqsija fuq affarijiet interni tal-partit, jekk dawn ihossu li m’ghandhomx jitkellmu mal-medja, dan hu d-dritt taghhom, i?da l-medja ghandha d-dritt tikkummenta dwar dan.

Waqt li l-politiku ghandu kemm jista’ jkun iwieGeb ghad-domandi dwar informazzjoni leGittima, il-Gurnalist ghandu wkoll juri prudenza u rispett lejn l-ufficcju u l-kariga ta’ min jista’ jaghti l-informazzjoni.

L-IGM ihoss li wasal ukoll iz-zmien biex il-Kodici ta’ Prattika li qieghed jigi mfassal mill-Ufficcju tal-Prim Ministru f’konsultazzjoni mal-ghaqdiet tal-Gurnalisti jitnieda mill-aktar fis possibbli biex kullhadd ikun jaf x’inhuma d-doveri u r-responsabbiltajiet tieghu biex incidenti bhal dak li fuqu sar l-ilment ikunu evitati.


7 November 2006

THE WINNERS OF THE 16TH EDITION OF THE MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED

On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the foundation, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (I?M) held the presentation ceremony of the 16th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards. From among the 55 submissions in the preliminary phase, 27 journalists reached the finalists’ phase. The jury composed of Dr Anna Mallia and Charles Xuereb as members, and Professor Godfrey A. Pirotta as Chairman chose the winners for these categories:

Print Journalism – News
Sponsored by: HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
Presented by: Mr Josef Camilleri, Head of Public Affairs & CSR, HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
First: Victor Vella (l-orizzont)
Second: Roderick James Agius (il-Mument / In-Nazzjon)
Third: Lino Bugeja (The Times)

Print Journalism – Features
Sponsored by: Vodafone Malta Limited
Presented by: Mr Michael Darmanin, Head of Business, Vodafone Malta Limited
First: Brandon Pisani (l-orizzont)
Second: Vanessa Macdonald (The Times / The Sunday Times)
Third: Martin Debattista (The Times)

Press Photography 
Sponsored by: The Farsons Foundation
Presented by: Mr Bryan A. Gera, Chairman of The Farsons Foundation
First: Christian Sant Fournier (The Times)
Second: Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times/Reuters)
Third: Rene` Rossignaud (The Malta Independent / The Times)

Overseas Assignments (new category)
Sponsored by: Emirates Airline
Presented by: Mr Paul Fleri Soler, Emirates’ Manager in Malta and Cyprus
First: Julia Farrugia, Joe Cachia, Joseph Fava, Pablo Micallef & Charles Ahar (Super 1)
Second: George Scicluna, Marion Zammit u Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
Third: Doris Zammit (TVM)

Broadcast Journalism – TV Script
Sponsored by: Broadcasting Authority
Presented by: Mr Joseph Scicluna, Chairman, Broadcasting Authority
First: Julia Farrugia u Joe Cachia, Pablo Micallef, Charles Ahar & Danjel Bugeja (Super 1)
Second: Mario Micallef (TVM)
Third: Doris Zammit (TVM)

Broadcast Journalism – TV Film
Sponsored by: Broadcasting Authority
Presented by: Dr Kevin Aquilina, Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority
First: Tracci Team: Pablo Micallef, Charles Ahar, Julia Farrugia & Joe Cachia (Super 1)
Second: Clayton Tanti (Net TV)
Third: Marco Micallef (Super 1)

Cultural Tourism 
Sponsored by: Malta Tourism Authority
Presented by: Mr Kevin Drake, Personal Assistant to Chairman, Malta Tourism Authority
First: Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
Second: Lino Bugeja (The Sunday Times)
Third: Robert Micallef (maltamedia.com with blog)

E-Journalism 
Sponsored by: HP – Hewlett Packard
Presented by: Mr Malcolm J Naudi on behalf of HP
First: Robert Micallef (maltamedia.com with blog)
Second: Mona Farrugia (planetmona.com)
Third: Domenic Aquilina (uefa.com)

Sports Photography: (New Category)
Sponsored by: Malta International Airport
Presented by: Mr Peter Bolech, Chief Executive, Malta International Airport
First: Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times)
Second: Domenic Aquilina (uefa direct / The Technician)

Sports Journalism Category
Sponsored by: Melita Cable
Presented by: Ing. Philip Micallef, Chief Executive, Melita Cable
First: Charles Camenzuli (Net TV)

L-Ilsien Malti fil-Gurnalizmu
Presented by: Mr Malcolm J Naudi, Chairman, Institute of Maltese Journalists
First: Alvin Scicluna (Overseas Assignment Category)
Second: Julia Farrugia & Joe Cachia (Broadcast Journalism – TV Script Category)
Third: Josianne Camilleri (Cultural Journalism Category)

This is the 16th consecutive year that this annual competition is being organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists. This year the ceremony took place at the Audiovision Centre studios in Hamrun and will be transmitted on Melita Cable on Friday 10th November at 9pm.

The Jury also prepared a detailed report about the submissions and their journalistic level, which was read before the presentation of the awards.

During the same ceremony the winner of the Gold Award was announced as well. The Gold Award is given to the nominated person who the Jury deems to have gone beyond the requirements of normal journalistic practice during his or her career. The Jury of the Gold Award was made up of Mr John Manduca, Mr Frank Bonello, and His Excellency the President Emeritus Prof Guido De Marco as Chairman.

The Gold Award this year was given to Mr Paul Saliba.

In the past eight editions that were held till now this award was won by Fr Joe Borg (1998), Mr Anton Cassar (1999), Mr Frank Attard (2000), Mr J.G. Vassallo (2001) and Mr Anthony Montanaro (2002), Mr John Manduca (2003), Mr Charles Grech Orr (2004) and Mr Paul Carachi (2005).


2 ta’ Novembru 2006

GURNALIST IEHOR IMFIXKEL MILLI JAQDI DMIRIJIETU MILL-AWTORITAJIET

B’xorti hazina, l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) jinnota li kien hemm kaz iehor fejn gurnalist gie mfixkel waqt il-qadi ta’ dmirijietu.

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut ircieva ilment minghand gurnalista membru tieghu, Brandon Pisani ta’ l-orizzont, fejn huwa qal li gie intimidat minn zewg spetturi tad-Dipartiment ta’ l-Artijiet waqt li kien qed jirraporta storja dwar l-izgumbrament ta’ mahzen fis-sur tal-Furjana ilbierah filghodu.

Skond is-Sur Pisani, dawn l-ispetturi uzaw ton ta’ theddid fil-konfront tieghu u tal-fotografu li kien qed jakkumpanjah, hadulu d-dettalji personali tieghu u ordanwalu biex ma jinGibdux ritratti minkejja li kien post pubbliku.

Il-Kunsill ipprova jiehu l-verzjoni tad-Dipartiment ta’ l-Artijiet, izda hadd ma ried jiehu r-responsabbilita’ ghal dak li gara.

“Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin itenni li l-awtoritajiet m’ghandhomx ifixklu lill-gurnalisti milli jaqdu dmirhom f’socjeta’ demokratika,” stqarr ic-Chairman Malcolm J. Naudi.

 


26 October 2006

Position of IGM following ONE News Complaint

The Institute of Maltese Journalists today received a complaint from ONE News head Miriam Dalli in which it was alleged that the Prime Minister’s staff censored ONE News by preventing their reporter from asking the Prime Minister questions during a news conference in Parliament yesterday.

“Josephine Vassallo, the Prime Minister’s Communications and Press Secretary, did not allow the (ONE News) journalist to ask a question. The excuse was that, once a question was made by KullHadd, ONE News did not have the right to ask another question.”

Ms Dalli said other members of the PM’s staff, Robert Cutajar and Edgar Galea Curmi, stepped in front of the ONE News camera to prevent it from filming and Department of Information personnel cut the audio feed from which ONE News was taking the sound to go with its film.

When Ms Vassallo was contacted yesterday, she said the Communications Department at the OPM has decided to implement a procedure allowing media houses one question at press conferences of this nature to enable all media houses to get a chance.

Last week, following the Budget speech, Media.Link journalists were afforded one question, whereas both the Super One and KullHadd journalists (2 out of 3 of the Labour Party-owned media’s reporters present) were given an opportunity to ask a question.

Last night, at the PM’s press conference, there were representatives of Super 1, KullHadd, Media.Link, RTK, The Times and The Malta Independent. Each media house had the opportunity to ask a question, although the KullHadd reporter asked two questions.

This is why no questions were taken from One News.

Should the media have any further questions, Ms Vassallo said her e-mail is always available and the PM will continue to be accessible for one-on-one meetings with all media.

The Council of the Institute of Maltese Journalists believes that the Communications Department at the OPM is in duty bound to inform all media houses beforehand when it introduces new procedures that regulate the management of press conferences involving the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet.

Although media houses may own several media, sometimes even through different companies, so long as any new procedure is followed fairly and the PM is made accessible in fact not simply through intent, then the journalists should abide by it.

Where possible, in the interests of openness, all journalists who give their time and show an interest to take part in press conferences, in the course of their work, should be given access to ask questions to the PM, although it must be accepted that his time is limited.

 


29.9.2006

Ittra lis-Sur Mark Farrugia, Media Executive tal-Partit Laburista

Sur Farrugia,

Dwar il-Karikatura

Nirreferi ghan-nota li bghattli fejn tlabt lill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin jiehu pozizzjoni dwar karikatura li dehret f’The Times fis-27 ta’ Settembru 2006.

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin jemmen li l-kuncett tal-karikaturi hu, kif ghidt int stess, parti importanti ta’ l-espressjoni gurnalistika fejn wiehed b’mod artistiku jikkritika lil xi hadd jew xi idea. Ghalkemm xi drabi dawn jistghu jkunu jew jigu interpretati bhala offensivi, il-Kunsill ma jemminx li dawn ghandhom iwassalu ghal xi forma ta’ censura.

Min-naha l-ohra, fil-fehma tal-Kunsill ta’ l-IGM, karikatura filwaqt li tati lok ghal immaginazzjoni aktar imgebbda, zgur li ma taghtix l-ghodda jew il-jedd li tipprova tkisser ir-reputazzjoni ta’ xi hadd. Xorta wahda l-IGM jafferma d-dritt tal-liberta’ ta’ l-espressjoni li hu dritt fundamentali.

Sadattant jekk il-Partit Laburista jhoss li l-karikatura li int qed tirreferi ghaliha hi offensiva fil-konfront ta’ xi ufficjali tieghu, hemm passi legali li jistghu jittiehdu. Jekk iqisha bhala dispregjattiva u ‘in bad taste’ u konsegwentament nieqsa mill-etika, il-Partit Laburista jista’ jressaq ilment ufficjali quddiem il-Press Ethics Commission.

Fl-istess waqt, kif dejjem ghamel, il-Kunsill ta’ l-IGM jappella ghal aktar moderazzjoni u responsabbilta’ min-naha ta’ l-istampa u ghal aktar tolleranza mill-politici.

Joe A. Vella, Segretarju


PRESS RELEASE:

27.09.2006

SEBGHA U GHOXRIN FINALIST GHAS-SITTAX-IL EDIZZJONI
TAL-“MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS”

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) habbar l-ismijiet tas-sebgha u ghoxrin (27) finalist li lahqu l-istadju finali minn fost il-55 partecipant li hadu sehem fil-kompetizzjoni gurnalistika Malta Journalism Awards.

Din hi s-sittax-il edizzjoni konsekuttiva li l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin qed jorganizza. Matul is-snin, din il-kompetizzjoni kibret u l-lum ghandha 12-il kategorija differenti.

Diversi istituzzjonijiet u kumpanniji ewlenin, sena wara l-ohra, jisponsorjaw il-Malta Journalism Awards. Fost dawn hemm l-HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c., Vodafone Malta Limited l-Awtorita` tax-Xandir, HP, The Farsons Foundation, Malta International Airport, l-Awtorita` Maltija tat-Turizmu, Melita Cable u l-linja ta’ l-ajru Emirates.

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

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Ahbarijiet – sponsorjata mill-HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.

Roderick James Agius (il-Mument / In-Nazzjon)
Lino Bugeja (The Times)
Victor Vella (l-orizzont)

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features – sponsorjata minn Vodafone Malta Ltd

Martin Debattista (The Times)
Vanessa Macdonald (The Times / The Sunday Times)
Brandon Pisani (l-orizzont)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku – sponsorjata minn The Farsons Foundation

Rene` Rossignaud (The Malta Independent / The Times)
Christian Sant Fournier (The Times)
Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times/Reuters)

Overseas Assignments (kategorija gdida) – sponsorjata minn Emirates Airline

Julia Farrugia, Joe Cachia, Joseph Fava, Pablo Micallef u Charles Ahar (Super 1)
George Scicluna, Marion Zammit u Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
Doris Zammit (TVM)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Skript Televiziv – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir

Julia Farrugia u Joe Cachia (Super 1)
Mario Micallef (TVM)
Doris Zammit (TVM)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Filmat Televisiv- sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir

Marco Micallef (Super 1)
Clayton Tanti (Net TV)
Tracci Team (Super 1)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Radio (kategorija gdida)
– sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir

L-ebda finalist

Gurnalizmu Kulturali – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` Maltija tat-Turizmu

Lino Bugeja (The Sunday Times)
Robert Micallef (maltamedia.com with blog)
Alvin Scicluna (TVM)

Gurnalizmu Sportiv – sponsorjata minn Melita Cable,

Charles Camenzuli (Net TV)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Malta International Airport

Domenic Aquilina (uefa direct / The Technician)
Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times)

E-Gurnalizmu – sponsorjata minn Hewlett-Packard

Domenic Aquilina (uefa.com)
Mona Farrugia (planetmona.com)
Robert Micallef (maltamedia.com with blog)

Importanti li wiehed ikun jaf li mhux bilfors ikun hemm rebbieh f’kull kategorija, anki jekk f’xi kategorija partikulari jkun hemm finalist wiehed.

Il-Gurija qed thejji wkoll rapport dettaljat dwar is-sottomissjonijiet u l-livell gurnalistiku taghhom li ghandu jinqara qabel il-premjazzjoni. Dakinhar jithabbru wkoll l-ismijiet tal-membru li huma fuq il-Gurija ghal din l-edizzjoni. Din is-sena c-cerimonja tal-premjazzjoni se ssir f’ Novembru 2006.

Ir-rebbieh tal-kategorija l-Lingwa Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu jithabbar fil-lejla tal-prezentazzjoni. F’din il-kategorija hemm 20 partecipant.

Fl-istess cerimonja jithabbar ukoll ir-rebbieh tal-Gold Award. Dan l-unur jinghata lil persuna nnominata li skond il-Gurija tkun marret lil hinn minn rekwiziti ta’ prattika normali fil-gurnalizmu tul il-karriera gurnalistika taghha. Fit-tminn edizzjonijiet li saru s’issa dan l-unur intrebah minn Fr Joe Borg (1998), Anton Cassar (1999), Frank Attard (2000), J.G. Vassallo (2001), Anthony Montanaro (2002), John Manduca (2003), Charles Grech Orr (2004) u Pawlu Carachi (2005).

 


 

Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
10 ta’ Settembru 2006

55 PARTECIPANT FIS-SITTAX-IL EDIZZJONI TAL-MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) habbar li 55 gurnalist qed jiehdu sehem fis-16-il edizzjoni tal-kompetizzjoni gurnalistika, il-Malta Journalism Awards. Bhalissa il-gurija ghaddejja bil-hidma taghha. Hu mistenni li l-gimgha li gejja l-IGM ihabbar il-finalisti.

L-IGM jorganizza dan l-avveniment fuq ba?i annwali. Din is-sena, il-kompetizzjoni ghandha 12-il kategorija, li tlieta minnhom huma godda.

Dawn huma: Gurnalizmu Stampat – Ahbarijiet, Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features, Gurnalizmu Fotografiku, Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Skript Televiziv, Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Filmat Televiziv, Gurnalizmu Mxandar – bir-Radju (kategorija gdida), E-Gurnalizmu, Hidma Gurnalistika barra minn Malta (Overseas Assignments – kategorija gdida), Gurnalizmu Sportiv, Fotografija Sportiva (kategorija gdida), Gurnalizmu Kulturali, u l-Lingwa Maltija fil-Gurnalizmu.

Kwazi kull kategorija hi sponsorjata minn kumpannija jew organizzazzjoni differenti. L-isponsors huma HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c., Vodafone Malta Ltd, The Farsons Foundation, l-Awtorita` tax-Xandir, HP (Hewlett-Packard), il-Malta International Airport, l-Awtorita` Maltija tat-Turizmu u l-linja ta’ l-ajru Emirates.


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
30 ta’ Awwissu 2006

L-ISTITUT TAL-GURNALISTI MALTIN JURI S-SOGHBA TIEGHU GHALL-MEWT TA’ PAUL CARACHI

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin juri s-soghba tieghu ghall-mewt ta’ Pawlu Carachi.

Ghal snin twal Pawlu Carachi hadem bhala gurnalist u f’Novembru li ghadda l-hidma tieghu nghatat gharfien mill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin bl-ghoti tal-Gold Award.

Il-hsibijiet f’dan il-mument ta’ dieqa imorru ghall-familja Carachi u ghall-qraba kollha tal-istess Pawlu Carachi.

BIJOGRAFIJA TA’ PAUL CARACHI

Imwieled il-Birgu fid-29 ta’ April, 1926, Paul Carachi gie minn ta’ quddiemnett fl-iskola tal-Gvern u ha Borza ta’ Studju ghall-edukazzjoni tieghu l-Liceo. It-tieni Gwerra Dinjija harbtet lill-familja tieghu u lilu stess. Minkejja l-insistenza qawwija mid-Direttur ta’ l-Edukazzjoni, il-Kav. J.P. Vassallo biex ikompli l-iskola, Paul Carachi dahal jahdem ma’ l-Allied Malta Newspapers Ltd. Minn salesboy, igorr u jqassam il-gurnali Times of Malta u il-Berqa, spicca l-impieg tieghu minn ma’ din il-kumpaniji bhala gurnalista maghmul.

Paul Carachi nghaqad mal-Malta Labour Party fl-1960 u nhatar Assistent Editur ta’ l-organu ufficjali tal-Partit The Voice of Malta. Wara dahal mal-General Workers Union, fejn inhatar Assistent Maniger tal-Union Press u wara Assistent Editur tal-gurnal il-gdid tal-GWU, li hu stess tah l-isem l-orizzont. Wara, huwa nhatar editur tal-gazzetta bl-Ingliz tal-GWU The Malta News.

Huwa gieb rivoluzzjoni shiha fil-qasam gurnalistiku, kemm bl-introduzzjoni ta’ l-istil tabloid u rappurtagg investigattiv b’enfasi fuq stejjer b’element qawwi uman. Huwa nhatar Assistent Segretarju Internazzjonali fl-Ezekuttiv Nazzjonali tal-Partit Laburista fejn ha sehem fil-Konferenza Gholja flimkien mad-Deputat Mexxej tal-Partit, Dr Anton Buttigieg f’Belgrad ghall-helsien ta’ Malta.

Paul Carachi tilef l-ewwel elezzjoni tieghu fl-1962, izda kien elett fil-Parlament fl-1966 u fl-1971. Kemm dam fil-Parlament huwa rrapprezenta lil Malta fil-Kunsill ta’ l-Ewropa flimkien ma’ kollegi miz-zewg nahat tal-Kamra, u fil-Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Huwa kien ukoll Membru tal-Kunsill ta’ l-Universita’ ta’ Malta. Fl-1984 huwa kien producer u xandar fil-Kamra ta’ l-Ahbarijiet ta’ Xandir Malta sakemm wasal ghall-pensjoni.

Fl-1995, flimkien ma’ l-edukatur Guido Borg u ohrajn waqqaf u mexxa l-Moviment Balzani u kien elett fil-Kunsill Lokali ta’ Hal Balzan f’Marzu tal-1996. Fl-1999 rega’ kien elett bhala Kunsillier Laburista. Il-Professur Henry Frendo sejjahlu bhala “Il-ggant tal-gurnalizmu Malti.”

Pawlu Carachi kien mizzewweg lil Evelyn u ghandu zewg ulied, Mary Rose u Alex.


FTEHIM TA’ KOPERAZZJONI BEJN L-IGM U l-LJA

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) u l-Libyan Journalists’ Association (LJA) ghadhom kemm iffirmaw ftehm ta’ koperazzjoni bil-ghan li jtejbu r-relazzjonijiet bilaterali u internazzjonali bejn iz-zewg organizzazzjonijiet.

Dan iil-ftehim sehh wara diskussjonijiet li kienu saru fl-imghoddi bejn l-bejn l-ufficjali ta’ l-IGM u l-Ambaxxatur Libjan Dr Saad Elshlmani u Ashour Tillisi, Segretarju Generali tal-LJA. Il-ftehim jipprovdi fost affarijiet ohra:

1. ghat-twaqqif ta’ assocjazzjoni bejn l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin u l-Libyan Journalists’ Association, bl-isem ta’ Maltese-Libyan Journalists Association (MLJA), ic-chairman ta’ l-IGM ikun ic-chairman taghha, u s-Segretarju Generali tal-LJA l-vici chairman.

2. Li eventwalment il-post ta’ din l-Assocjazzjoni gdida jkun f’Malta.

3. Li ufficjali ta’ l-IGM u l-LJA jaghmlu zjarat reciproci bejn iz-zewg pajjizi biex ikabbru u jsahhu l-koperazzjoni bejn iz-zewg Assocjazzjonijiet.

4. Li l-IGM tghin biex gurnalisti membri tal-LJA jkollhom ‘attachments’ ma’ stamperiji lokali ghall-perijodi qosra ta’ tahrig fuq il-post tax-xoghol.

5. Li l-IGM juza s-shubija li ghandu ma’ l-International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) biex eventwalmnet il-LJA tkun tista’ tissieheb bhala membri shih fl-IFJ. Bhala l-ewwel pass l-IGM se jitlob lill-IFJ biex rapprezentanti tal-LJA jattendu bhala osservaturi ghall-Kungress ta’ l-IFJ li se jsir f’Moska f’nofs is-sena d-diehla.

6. Li l-IGM jistieden ufficjali tal-LJA ghall-Kunmgres tal-Gurnalisti tal-Mediterran li se jsir ‘Malta f’Mejju 2007 u se jkun organizzat mill-IGM.

7. Li l-MLJA, b’kollaborazzjoni mal-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni tal-Guranlisti, jahdmu biex jitwaqqaf centru f’Malta ghall-tahrig tal-gurnalisti Libjani u minn pajjizi Gharab ohra.

8. Li kull guranlisti li jkollu press card mahruga miz-zewg ghaqdiet ikun membru assocjat tal-MLJA.

Dan il-ftehim irid jigi approvat miz-zewg organizazzjonijiet fil-laqghat Generali Annwali taghhom wara li jkun approvat miz-zewg assocjazzjonijet.


UFFICJALI TA’ L-IGM F’LAQGHA MAS-SEGRETARJI TAL-PARTITI POLITICI

Ufficjali ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin, immexxija mic-chairman Malcolm J. Naudi, ricentament iltaqghu mas-Segretarji Generali tal-partiti politici ewlenin, Joe Saliba (Partit Nazzjonalista), Jason Micallef (Partit Laburista) u Stephen Cachia (Alternattiva Demokratika) u ddiskutew flimkien ir-relazzjonijiet bejn il-membri ta’ l-Istampa u r-rapprezentanti tal-partiti politici ewlenin, inkluz deputati parlamentari.

Il-laqgha, li kienet wahda kordjali hafna, intlabet mill-IGM wara li membri ta’ l-istampa kienu involuti f’incidenti ma’ Membri Parlamentari u ufficjali taz-zewg partiti ewlenin. Id-diskussjoni kienet intenzjonata biex jitjiebu r-relazzjonijiet bejn il-membri tal-media u l-ufficjali tal-Partit Politici, specjalment fix-xhur li gejjen fejn mistennija jizdiedu l-attivitajiet elettorali.

Is-sur Saliba qal li l-membri tal-media lokali ghandhom access facli hafna ghall-membri tal-partiti politici, iktar minn kull pajjizi iehor fid-dinja. Infatti, qal, l-fl-ebda pajjiz fid-dinja l-membri ta’ l-istampa m’ghandhom access daqstant facli mal-membri tal-partiti politici. Din l-opinjoni kienet wahda komuni kemm mas-segretarji l-ohra kif ukoll ma’ l-istess ufficjali ta’ l-IGM.

Madankollu, kulhadd ammetta li xi drabi rapprezentanti ta’ l-istampa jidhlu f’kunflitt ma’ rapprezentanti tal-partit politici li jaghmlu l-hidma taghhom iktar difficli, ghalkemm kien hemm ukoll qbil li dawn l-incidenti m’humiex daqstant spissi, u meta jigru ma jkunux intenzjonati, izda iktar isehhu fis-sahna tal-mument.

Sadattant kemm is-Segretarji, kif ukoll l-ufficjali ta’ l-IGM, qablu li tinhass il-htiega li r-relazzjonijiet bejn il-membri ta’ l-istampa u l-ufficjali tal-partit politici jistghu jitjiebu u lkoll weghdu li se jahdmu fil-kamp taghhom, biex il-gurnalisti jkunu jistghu jahdmu b’rashom misrtrieha u minghajr tensjoni zejda.


28.07.2006

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-IGM jiddiplora l-agir tal-Ministru Gatt

Isejjah ghal-laqgha mal-partiti politici biex il-gurnalisti
jahdmu fi klima trankwilla

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin ircieva lment mill-Kap tal-Kamra ta’ l-Ahbarijiet tas-Super I dwar l-incident li fih il-cameraman ta’ l-istazzjon Bjon Jo Zammit ma thalliex jiffilmja laqgha tal-Kumitat tal-Kontijiet Pubblici tal-Parlament wara oggezzjoni tal-Ministru Austin Gatt.

Il-Kunsill ihoss li l-gurnalist li jmur fejn imur biex jaqdi dmirijietu, inkluz fil-Parlament, m’ghandux isib ostakli jew theddid. Ghalhekk il-Kunsill jiddiplora l-agir tal-Ministru Dr Austin Gatt u juri solidarjeta’ ma’ Bjon Jo Zammit.

Sadattant il-Kunsill jinnota li ricentament gew irraportati diversi incidenti bejn gurnalisti u xi membri tal-partiti politici. Billi l-pajjiz jinsab riesaq lejn kampaniji elettorali, u l-qiegha qed tibda tishon, il-Kunsill ihoss li l-gurnalisti, huma ta’ liema media huma, ghandhom ikollhom ic-cans li jaqdu dmirhom bla biza’ u fi klima trankwilla.

Ghal dan l-iskop il-Kunsill kiteb lis-Segretarji Generali tal-partiti politici Maltin biex jiltaqa’ maghhom u flimkien jiddiskutu s-sitwazzjoni u jahdmu lejn atmosfera li toffri lill-gurnalisti l-opportunita’ li jaqdi dmirhom minghajr biza’ u tensjoni zejda.

 


20.07. 2006

SUPER ONE TV COMPLAINT

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) today was asked to investigate a complaint from Super One Television that the station was discriminated against in the access given by the Armed Forces of Malta to the media to cover the immigrants’ incident on the Spanish trawler off Malta.

IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi made direct contact with Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Tony Abela, and was informed that Dr Abela had given instructions that the Army should give access for all media to make use of AFM vessels and facilities at Luqa from this morning.

Dr Abela explained to Mr Naudi that the situation was very delicate yesterday, with negotiations and various initiatives being undertaken that precluded the AFM having to also cope with the media. A decision was therefore taken to give facilities only to the national TV station, PBS.

This decision did not preclude the media from making use of other forms of transport to access the Spanish trawler at their expense.

Following this conversation, Super One Television was informed of the outcome and the IGM was kept updated throughout the day on the latest developments.

Malcolm J. Naudi
Chairman


16.7.2006

IGM LAUNCHES 16TH EDITION OF MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) launched the 16th edition of the annual press awards with more categories. As from this year, the Malta Journalism Awards will include three new categories:
Overseas Assignments (new category),
Broadcast Journalism – Radio (new category) and
Sports Photography (new category).

“Moreover, as from this edition, any individual or organisation may submit an application on behalf of a journalist. Editors may not only submit works by their respective journalists but also by other journalists as well. Through this innovation, the Malta Journalism Awards are being made accessible to everyone as anyone can now submit an application on his/her behalf if they are journalists, or on behalf of another journalist,” said IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi.

Categories
The number of categories has now increased to twelve (12), namely:
Print categories:
Print Journalism – News – sponsored by HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
Print Journalism – Features – sponsored by Vodafone Malta Ltd
Photo Journalism – sponsored by The Farsons Foundation

Broadcast categories:
Broadcast Journalism – TV Script – sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority)
Broadcast Journalism – TV Film- sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority
Broadcast Journalism – Radio (new category)
– sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority
E-category:
E-Journalism – sponsored by Hewlett-Packard

General categories:
Overseas Assignments (new category) – sponsored by Emirates Airline
Sports Journalism – sponsored by Michele Peresso Limited, operators of Eurosport
Sports Photography – sponsored by the Malta International Airport
Cultural Journalism – sponsored by Malta Tourism Authority
Press Cartoons (every 3 years)
Best use of Maltese Language in Journalism

This year’s edition of the Gold Award is being sponsored by Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu.

Malta Journalism Awards Commission
Earlier this year, the Institute appointed an ad hoc commission to examine the last edition of the Malta Journalism Awards and to propose new ideas. The commission, composed of Mr Charles Xuereb, Dr Carmen Sammut, and Mr Carmel Bonello as Chairman, submitted its detailed report to the Institute. The report recommended a number of changes in both regulations and administration of the press awards, a number of which has been accepted by the Institute’s Council.

Overseas Assignments (new category)
This category will give due recognition to those journalists who strive, sometimes against great odds, to cover news stories abroad. This is a relatively new genre of Maltese journalism that needs to be encouraged both to further sharpen the respective journalist’s professional skills and, equally important, to present foreign news from a Maltese perspective.

Broadcast Journalism – Radio (new category)
In past editions, there used to be a Radio Journalism category, which the Council had decided to close following a low level participation. In recent months, the Institute received a number of requests from radio journalists to reopen this category. The Institute believes that radio journalism ought to be given its own importance in the Maltese media scenario.

Broadcast Journalism – TV categories
The previous Broadcast Journalism category has now been subdivided into three categories to recognise the individual merits of the TV journalist, the TV news cameraman and the Radio journalist.

“The Institute is not particularly happy with the level of participation in the TV Film category. For this edition we are expecting a higher level of participation by cameramen to convince us to retain this category for next year,” said IGM chairman.

Press Cartoons Category every 3 years
As participation in the Press Cartoons category was repeatedly low in recent years, the IGM Council decided to start holding this event on a triennial basis, with the next edition of this category being held in 2008, covering the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

However, being a non-competing category, caricaturists or their Editors may submit up to 15 caricatures per caricaturist to be considered for an annual publication to be released next year.

Sports Journalism
In the General Categories, the Sports Journalism category was always very popular. Indeed last year the participation in this category was one of the highest and consequently the Council is looking for continued success in this category.

Sports Photography
Meantime, in order to meet a request by a substantial number of sports photographers and to encourage photographers to submit photographs of Sports events, this year the Council is introducing the Sports Photography category. Since a photograph can sometimes stand on its own, entries in this category, adequately captioned, can be submitted by the photographer irrespective of any accompanying story. This new category is being sponsored by Malta International Airport.

Prizes
The first three classified in each category will receive a certificate.
The winner of the first 10 categories will each be awarded:
a) a cash prize of Lm150;
b) a voucher sponsored by Michele Peresso, operators of Eurosport, for Sports Journalism; and
c) the Malta Journalism Awards trophy for the respective category.

The winner of the special category entitled ‘Il-Lingwa Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu” will be presented with the Malta Journalism Award trophy for that category.

Presentation Ceremony
The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony to be held in November 2006 at the Audiovision Studios in Hamrun, courtesy of BPC International.

All Maltese journalists may participate
All Maltese journalists may participation in the Malta Journalism Awards, irrespective of whether they are IGM members or not. All entries whether in Maltese or in English must have been published or broadcast in Malta between 1st January 2005 and 31st December 2005.

Submissions by Editors and Other Organisations
Apart from the journalist himself/herself, Editors and Heads of News Departments may select and submit entries of what they consider to be the best work of any individual journalist/s.

Submissions can also be forwarded by organisations, corporations and bodies. In both cases, consent has to be given by the individual journalist/s concerned by filling the appropriate part on the Official Application Form prior to submission of entry by Editor, Head of News Department, or organisations/corporations/bodies.

Closing Date
Submissions will be received at the offices of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, 104, Old Mint Street, Valletta, on Tuesday 1st August 2006 between 6.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Non-members have to pay a participation fee with the submission.

“An overall marked improvement has been noted over the years in the submissions for the Print Journalism, Press Photography and Sport Journalism categories. These categories have now become showcases of the good standard being achieved by Maltese journalists,” said the Institute’s general secretary Joe A Vella. This year, he will again be assisted by Mr Carmel Bonello as project director in the organisation of the Malta Journalism Awards.

Regulations and applications may be obtained either by phoning Mr Vella 2131-6958/ 9945 0746 or Mr Bonello on 2124 3212, or from this website: http://www.maltapressclub.org.mt


27.6.2006

POLICE STATEMENT SHOWS GROSS MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE FUNCTION OF THE MEDIA IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) noted that the police commissioner’s reaction to its statement about the ill-treatment of journalists and photographers during Tuesday’s incidents showed a gross misunderstanding of the function of the media in a democratic society.

In a democratic society the journalist not only had the right but also the duty to report incidents like those that occurred at the detention centres, which are in the public interest.

The authorities, including the police, had the duty to allow journalists to report comprehensively these events of public interest within agreed parameters.

The police commissioner’s statement that the media “instigated tension” with its presence in such instances and should thus not be allowed to report was not acceptable to the IGM. This was yet an indication of the wrong forma mentis of the police and other authorities when dealing with such incidents.

Regarding the Croatia-Malta football match, the Institute noted that although it was MFA staff that confiscated memory cards, the police still acted abusively when they tried to stop photographers from taking photos and ordered them out of the stadium when violence was still occurring.

At no time did the police commissioner’s statement mention the agreement that had been reached between the Institute and the police commissioner of the time in 2001. The police commissioner should make this agreement known to his officers.

The Institute said it was ready to meet the police commissioner to discuss this incident in the light of that agreement and find a way forward. It said it was also ready to discuss a similar agreement with the army.

Note to editors

Early in 2001, the Institute of Maltese Journalists had met with then police commissioner George Grech to discuss protection of journalists while on duty. It was agreed that:

1. Police will give proper and full protection to journalists news photographers and news cameramen on duty, and especially when these are threatened or actually attacked;

2. Police will investigate and immediately take steps against anybody who verbally, or physically abuses journalists;

3. Police will not interfere with journalists, news photographers and news cameramen who are performing their duties legitimately;

4. Journalists, news photographers and news cameramen on duty will leave adequate space for the Police to operate;

5. Journalists are to identify themselves with the most senior ranking police officer on site; and

6. Journalists are to have visible identification, as a general rule

 


17.6.2006

Med Journalists’ Conference adopts resolution moved by IGM

The Annual General Conference of the Journalists of the Mediterranean, held in Porec, Croatia between June 7 and 11, 2006, unanimously adopted a resolution expressing “solidarity with the Maltese colleagues in the face of the cowardly acts that took place in Malta, sadly on World Press Freedom Day.”

The resolution also condemned the arson attacks against the fundamental liberties and freedom of the press, and at the same time it supported the Maltese journalists’ right and determination to continue reporting without fear of favour.”

The resolution was moved by the Maltese delegation of the Insitute of Maltese Journalists, Joe A. Vella, Secretary, Julia Farrugia and Roderick Agius, members.

In a message to the Conference, Aiden White, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said the Conference could not have come at a more turbulent time for journalists in the region. The deepening crisis in Palestine, the emergence of racism and new intolerance over religious affairs, the uncertainty over the future of the Euroepan Union, and the ocntinuing challenges of enlargement all make the renewal of regional solidarity an urgent task for the IFJ.

White also said that the IFJ has just launched a programme of cooperation through the EU Med programme of the Euroepan Union, which allows the IFJ to strenghten debate among colleagues within the region on European Union affairs and which takes the issue of media cooperation into a new phase following the conclusion of the Barcelona process last year.

“The meeting in Porec, will further deepen profesional solidarity between Europe and the Arab world and above all this will also ensure that the voice of the Mediterranean journalism, for rights and editorial independence, in all its diverse and colourful forms, is heard loud and clear by goverments, by employers and by our brothers and sisters in the rest of Europre and the Arab World,” concluded White.

The attendance of the Maltese delegation of the IGM was courtesy of Air Malta.


20.5.2006

Il-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech tapprova l-programm gurnalistiku ghax-xhur li gejjin

Il-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni tal-Gurnalizmu, dal-granet approvat il-programm ta’ attivitajiet li ghandhom x’jaqsmu mal-gurnalizmu ghax-xhur li gejjin, fosthom numru ta’ korsijiet u seminars.

Is-seminars/korsijiet se jsiru wara suggerimenti mressaq mill-Board of Studies imwaqqaf mill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM). Il-Bord ta’ Studji, li c-chairman tieghu hu Charlot Zahra bhala PR/Edukazzjoni ta’ l-IGM, ghandu bhala membri lil Fr Joe Borg, Dr Carmen Sammut, Ray Bugeja, Ariadne Massa u Mario Schiavone, li hu l-Ammistrattur tal-Fondazzjoni u Tezorier ta’ l-IGM.

Il-Bord irrakomanda l-korsijiet imnizzla hawn that, li kollha gew approvati mill-Fondazzjoni. Ma’ dawn se jsiru ohrajn fuq rakkomandazzjoni ta’ l-IGM, wiehed dwar ir-relazzjonijiet tal-Media mal-Pulizija, u iehor dwar aspetti etnici godda f’Malta.

Fil-jiem li gejjin, meta jkunu finalizzati d-dettalji tal-korsijiet u s-seminars u min se jmexxihom, ikunu publikati dawn id-dettalji biex il-gurnalisti u ohrajn interessati, jkunu jistghu japplikaw biex jattendu.

Is-suggetti li se jkunu trattati f’dawn il-korsijiet u seminars jinkludu: ir-relazzjonijiet tal-Media mal-Pulizija, l-Immigranti Irregolari, id-Dritt ta’ l-Informazzjoni, il-Hidma tal-Parlament Ewropew, il-Fotografija Gurnalistika u l-Hiliet fil-Kitba bil-Malti u bl-Ingliz.

Il-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech twaqqfet sitt snin ilu twaqqfet sitt snin ilu biex permezz ta’ korsijiet, seminars, pubblikazzjonijiet u kull mezz iehor tghin fil-preparazzjoni professjonali tal-gurnalisti Maltin bl-iskop li joghla l-livell tal-gurnalizmu f’pajjizna. Ic-chairman taghha hu l-President Emeritus, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, u fost il-membri hemm rapprezentanti ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin. Membri ohra tal-Board huma s-sinjuri Lino Spiteri, Ray Sladden u Anthony Debono, Segretarju.

Anthony Debono,
Segretarju FTFEG

 


 

Attivist dwar id-Drittijiet Umani se jitkellem fl-IGM

Vuk Jovanovic, gurnalist Jugoslav u attivist dwar id-Drittijiet Umani, se jaghmel diskors lill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Malta (IGM) dwar Human Rights in Yugoslavia – unsolved cases involving journalists’ il-Hadd, 14 ta’ Mejju, fil-11.00 am fil-Press Club 104 Strada Zekka, il-Belt.

Jovanovic li ghandu 56 sena jinsab Malta fuq zjara qasira – fejn kien ezaljat Malta ghal zmien qasir bejn l-1993-1994 – hu iben gurnalist distint ta’ wara l-gwerra li kien jeditja l-Youth u l-Borba magazins.

Imwieled f’Belgrad, Jovanovic studja l-ekonomija fl-Universita’ ta’ Belgrad u fl-1996 kien il-kelliem tal-Partit Demokratiku dwar id-Drittijiet tal-Bniedem. Hu hadem 12-il dokumentarji dwar in-nazzjonalizmu estrem wara l-waqgha tal-Kommunizmu meta ha l-poter Milosovic.

Jovanovic jemmen bis-shih li l-Mafia hija qawwija fis-Serbja u l-Montenegro, u li s-servizzi sigriet f’dawn il-pajjizi qatt ma gew riformati u dan importanti li jigi ghall-attenzjoni tal-media tal-pajjizi tal-Punent.

Jovanovic jghid li hu gie msawwat, itterturat u mitfugh il-habs mis-servizzi sigriet meta hu sab dokumenti relatati ma’ attrocitajiet li twettqu fil-pajjiz.

Il-membri kolha tal-media huma mistiedna jattendu. Wara tmiem id-diskors ta’ Jovanovic dawk prezenti jkunu jistghu jaghmlu mistoqsijiet.

 

 


 

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin jikkundanna l-attakk fuq id-dar ta’ gurnalist

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin sema’ b’dispjacir l-ahbar li l-id tal-gifa matul il-lejl li ghadda tat in-nar lill-bieb tad-dar tar-residenza privata ta’ Saviour Balzan, l-editur tal-“Malta Today”.

L-Istitut jikkundanna bil-qawwa kollha dan l-attakk viljakk li sar fis-satra tal-lejl kontra gurnalist u kollega u filwaqt li juri solidarjeta’ shiha ma’ Saviour Balzan u l-familja tieghu, jappella lill-awtoritajiet biex jinvestigaw il-kaz u lill-pubbliku biex min jista’ jaghti taghrif biex jinqabad il-hati, jinforma lill-pulizija li qed jinvestigaw il-kaz.

Fl-okkazzjoni tal-Jum Dinji tal-Liberta’ ta’ l-Istampa li qed ikun celebrat madwar id-dinja kollha, dan l-attentat ta’ intimidazzjoni, jikkuntrasta bis-shih mad-drittijiet tal-liberta’ ta’ l-istampa li f’din l-okkazzjoni qeghdin nishqu fuqhom.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin jirreferi ghal stqarrija li hareg ghal din l-okkazzjoni li fiha wera s-solidarjeta’ tieghu ma’ mijiet ta’ gurnalisti u l-familji taghhom li matul din is-sena sfaw maqtula, mahtufa, u bl-istess mod juri s-solidarjeta’ tieghu ma’ Saviour Balzan.


 

World Press Freedom Day

INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS CALLS FOR A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin – IGM) is making a formal call on the Government of Malta to ensure that the country will have a Freedom of Information Act.

This law is required in a democratic society because, apart from in instances where there is a threat to national security and in other exceptional cases, it would open wide to public scrutiny and to the press all information of a public nature to which the people has the right of access.

Although in the past the Institute was instrumental in obtaining substantial progress in the Press Act by introducing rights like the confidentiality of sources of information and the publication of privileged information, the natural next step is for the right of a free media in our country to be strengthened through full access to information.

On this occasion (of World Press Freedom Day), the Institute of Maltese Journalists expresses its full solidarity with the families of more than 58 journalists who lost their lives during 2005 in a number of countries across the world and with the families of hundreds of other journalists who were kidnapped in countries where there is a conflict situation or were put in jail after being sentenced unjustly because they were not prepared to compromise on the truth and issued news that various regimes and also supposedly democratic governments did not like.

The IGM seconded a motion passed during a meeting of Mediterranean Journalists in Almeria, Spain, last year calling for a delegation of the conference to visit Iraq to work for the release of two French journalists that were kidnapped in that country.

(In 2007 this same Conference of Mediterranean Journalists is to be held in Malta. The meeting will be organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists with the collaboration of the Malta Tourism Authority and Air Malta.)

Although in Malta no journalist has been killed, beaten up or sent to prison in recent years, Maltese journalists still feel they are hampered while carrying out their duties.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists is committed to working towards the elimination of these obstacles to ensure that the journalists’ rights and freedoms enshrined in the country’s Constitution are continued to be enjoyed always and in every situation without any detraction.

Maltese journalists, who exercise their profession according to the law and in an ethical manner, are the voice of a free people who cannot be silenced.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists has written to the Prime Minister on the need of such a Freedom of Information Act and requested a meeting with him to discuss its proposals.

 

 


 

Stqarrija kongunta bejn l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin u l-Ghaqda Kittieba Sports (Malta)

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin, flimkien mal-Ghaqda Kittieba Sports (Malta), jiddeploraw l-agir, kummenti u attakki diretti li saru mill-President tal-MFA, Dr Joseph Mifsud, fil-konfront tal-gurnalist membru tal-IGM u l-GhKS, is-Sur Robert Cutajar.

Din mhiex l-ewwel darba illi l-awtoritajiet tal-istampa lokali kellhom jiddeploraw dan l-agir minn ufficjal gholi ta’ wahda millassocjazzjonijiet ewlenin tal-isport f’pajjizna.

L-Istitut tal-Guralisti Maltin u l-Ghaqda Kittieba Sports jishqu illi l-President tal-MFA seta’ ressaq l-argumenti tieghu b’mod civili filkonfront tal-istampa lokali. Minn flok ghazel illi juza l-Press Conference ta’ nhar il-Hamis, 17 ta’ Novembru, 2005, biex johrog attakk dirett kontra gurnalist u indirettament kontra l-media talisport f’pajjizna.

L-I.G.M. u l-Gh.K.S. ifakkru li gurnalisti membri huma marbuta
b’Kodici ta’ Etika fil-konfront tal-pubbliku u l-IGM ghandu Kummissjoni ta’ l-Etika. Fl’istess waqt tittama li l-mod arroganti li bih l-oghla awtorità tal-football f’pajjizna indirizza lil istampa lokali jkun ikkundannat mill-istess MFA.

Institute of Maltese Journalists.
Ghaqda Kittieba Sports (Malta)
Edituri tal-isport u ko-ordinaturi tax-xandir.
Kumitat Olimpiku Malti
Kunsill Malti ghall-Isport.


 

December 28, 2005

IGM reaction to Depasquale inquiry report

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) makes the following observations on the Report of the Board of Inquiry nominated by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi on January 17, 2005, following the trouble at the Armed Forces of Malta detention centres at Safi on Thursday, January 13, 2005:

1. In a democratic society the journalist not only has the right but also the duty to publicise incidents like those that occurred at the detention centres, which he/she feels are in the public interest.

2. That the journalist has a right, protected by law, not to reveal confidential information. We appreciate that the Judge recognised this, as he also recognised, on his own admission, that it was thanks to the journalists’ work that he managed to come to his conclusions. In fact, the journalists were the first to be asked to give evidence and the Judge gave great importance to their evidence. However, he did not specify what questions the journalists declined to answer.

3. The report gives the impression that the journalists appeared to be committing a sin because they were at the scene of the incidents before/while they occurred, as if they were scheming with the detainees. The Institute recalls that in a democratic society journalists have the right to have their own sources to enable them to fulfil their duties. This right is recognised by the legislator himself who, in 1996, after a lot of pressure by the IGM. Thanks to this law, the journalists were given qualified privilege, which enables them to protect their sources.

4. The Judge makes several pejorative comments on journalists, while he lays out the facts he collected, which the IGM feels are superfluous and out of place. At the same time, he complained that certain reports based on replies to journalists’ questions were not precise (although he did not need to reply to those questions). The IGM feels that the Judge could have made use of all the means given to him by law to ensure the imprecise reports are clarified.

5. It is the journalist’s right to report comprehensively and factually the events that are of public interest and it was the duty of the Army that, if it felt the need, it would not grant access to the detainees to the news if it were afraid that there could be repercussions.

6. Journalists were criticised that they did not know that the immigrants had escaped from the detention centre area and were in a place where they were not meant to be. This was not the journalists’ fault. It is due to the lack of communication between the AFM and the journalists. If there had been an adequate briefing on these basic elements, the journalists would certainly have behaved differently.

7. On the effect the photographs of the protesters, printed in the media both in Malta and abroad, the IGM maintains that it is the journalists’ duty to report even visually events that are of public interest. If these photographs could have had a negative effect, the criticism should not be directed at the journalist who was doing his duty but at those responsible to ensure that these incidents do not occur.

8. The IGM associates itself with the comments in the Inquiry report that it was thanks to these photographs that the Prime Ministers took swift action and appointed the Inquiry.

9. We do not agree with the criticism that some journalists sent photographs of the incidents abroad and these were disseminated by some agencies and on Websites. In this case, the journalists were doing no more than their duty.

10. In the Board of Inquiry report, there are several accusations of sensationalism in the media. The IGM maintains that when the media is reporting factually and correctly, it should not be accused of sensationalism. If the facts that occurred that day were serious, it is not the media’s fault.

11. It was also observed that the journalists were not given permission to have access to the patients at hospital. The IGM points out that it is not normal practice for journalists to have access to any patient in hospital and that they also rely on statements by the police or hospital authorities issued by the DOI.

12. Finally, the IGM wished to reaffirm its position, that it does not agree with the Board of Inquiry report’s conclusions that members of the media should not be granted access to the detention centres.

The IGM recalls that in meetings it held with Interior Minister Tonio Borg and Parliamentary Secretary Carm. Mifsud Bonnici, it presented a document where it maintained that the detention centres should be accessible to the media under certain protocols and conditions.

The IGM is still of this opinion and feels that, if the Government had accepted this proposal, these incidents could have been avoided. The Institute also recalls that there was a commitment, expressed on several occasions by Minister Borg himself, that a visit would be organised to a detention centre, but this so far has not taken place.

 


 

Press Release No.: 20/2005
Date: 15 November 2005

THE WINNERS OF THE FIFTHTEENTH EDITION OF THE MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED

On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the foundation of its foundation, on Monday 14 November 2005, The Institute of Maltese Jouranlists organised the fifthteenth edition of the Malta Journalism Awards. From 54 submissions in the preliminary phase, 26 reached the finals phase. The jury composed of Ms Carmen Sammut and Mr Charlot Bonnici as members, and Mr Victor Formosa as Chairman chose the winners for these categories:

Print Journalism (News) Category
First: Herman Grech (The Times)
Second: Charlot Zahra (The Malta Independent)
Third: Victor Vella (l-orizzont)/Roderick Agius (il-mument)
Sponsored by: HSBC Bank Malta plcManager

Print Journalism (Features) Category (new category)
First: Ariadne Massa (Pink magazine)
Second: Vanessa MacDonald (The Times)
Third: Ramona Depares (Sunday Circle)
Sponsored by: Vodafone Malta Limited
Presented by: Ms Maria Vella-Galea, Consumer Segment Manager

Broadcast Script Journalism Category
First: Julia Farrugia (Super One Radio)
Second: Roderick Agius (Net Television)
Third: Lourdes Pullicino (Net Television)
Sponsored by: Broadcasting Authority
Presented by: Dr Kevin Aquilina, Chief Executive

Press Photography Category
First: Christian Sant Fournier (The Times)
Second: Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times)
Third: Rene` Rossignaud (The Malta Independent)
Sponsored by: The Farsons Foundation
Presented by: Mr Anthony J. Tabone, Trustee (Presentation to Mr Sant Fournier to be held when he returns from overseas duty)

Press Cartoons Category:
First: Maurice Tanti Burlo’ (The Times)
Second: Anthony Preca (Kullhadd)
Sponsored by: Malta International Airport
Presented by: Ms Rosette Fenech, Public Relations Manager

E-Journalism Category
First: Pierre Mejlak (MaltaMedia)
Second: MaltaMedia Team (MaltaMedia)
Third: Robert Micallef (Blogs)
Sponsored by: Hewlett Packard
Presented by: Mr Alberto Caprara, District Manager for Public Sector and Financial Services, European Emerging Markets

Broadcast Film Journalism Category
First: Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
Sponsored by: Broadcasting Authority
Presented by: Dr Kevin Aquilina, Chief Executive

Sports Journalism Category
First: Charles Camenzuli (Net Television)
Second: Charles Camenzuli (il-mument)
Third: Lino Bugeja (Saghtar/The Times)
Sponsored by: Michele Peresso Group, operators of EuroSport
Presented by: Mr Emanuel Peresso, Chairman

Travel Journalism Category
First: Mona Farrugia (The Sunday Times)
Second: Doris Zammit (TVM)
Third: Sandra Aquilina (The Malta Independent)
Sponsored by: Emirates Airline
Presented by: Mr Paul Fleri Soler, Emirates’ Manager in Malta and Cyprus

Cultural Tourism Category (New Category)
First:John Manduca (Treasures of Malta)
Second: Claudette Baldacchino (Super One Television)
Sponsored by: Malta Tourism Authority
Presented by: Leonard Zammit Munro, Manager, Business Development

L-Ilsien Malti fil-Gurnalizmu
Winner: Charles Camenzuli (Net Television/il-mument)
Sponsored by: Maltapost plc
Presented by: Mr David Stellini, Chairman

Journalist of the Year
Winner: Herman Grech (The Times)
Sponsored by: HSBC Bank Malta plc in collaboration with Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism
Presented by: Mr Josef Camilleri, Senior Public Affairs Manager, HSBC Bank Malta plc

This is the fifthteenth consecutive year that this annual competition is being organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists. This year the ceremony took place at the Audiovision Centre studios in Hamrun.

The Jury also prepared a detailed report about the submissions and their journalistic level, which was read before the presentation of the awards (Report is attached).

During the same ceremony the winner of the Gold Award was announced as well. The Gold Award is given to the nominated person who the Jury deems to have gone beyond the requirements of normal journalistic practice during his or her career. The Jury of the Gold Award was made up of Dr Austin Sammut, Mr Anton Cassar, and His Excellency the President Emeritus Prof Guido De Marco as Chairman.

The Gold Award this year was given to Paul Carachi.

In the past seven editions that were held till now this award was won by Fr Joe Borg (1998), Mr Anton Cassar (1999), Mr Frank Attard (2000), Mr J.G. Vassallo (2001) and Mr Anthony Montanaro (2002), Mr John Manduca (2003) and Mr Charles Grech Orr (2004).


 

Press Release 19/2005
Date: 9 November 2005

Malta Journalism Awards 2005

EUROSPORT SPONSOR SPORTS JOURNALISM CATEGORY FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the third consecutive year, the Michele Peresso Group of Companies, operators of the Eurosport chain of shops throughout Malta and Gozo, is sponsoring the Sports Journalism category in the annual Malta Journalism Awards.

Organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), the awards are now in their 15th edition. As time goes by these awards are becoming more popular and attract the interest not only of all members of the media but also of a large number of sponsors, who are assisting financially so that the standards of this annual event will improve from year to year.

Michael Peresso Jr, director of the company that operates Eurosport, said at theMichael Peresso Jr, Director of the company that operates Eurosport, presents the sponsorship to Malcolm J. Naudi, Chairman of the Institute of Maltese Journalists. They are flanked by Jean-Paul Sammut, Operations Manager of Eurosport (on left), and Joe Cordina, IGM Council Member.presentation of the sponsorship, held at the Michele Peresso Group’s head offices in Psaila Street, Birkirkara, it was his pleasure that Eurosport is once again supporting the Institute of Maltese Journalists in its endeavours to improve the standards of journalism in the country, in particular in the field of sport.

The Chairman of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, Malcolm J. Naudi, said it was a natural choice for the leading local company in the field of sports equipment and sportswear to sponsor the sports journalism category in the Malta Journalism Awards. He augured that the strong connection that has so far been built between Eurosport and the awards should continue in the years ahead to the benefit of both sides.

Apart from the Sports Journalism category, the firm Michele Peresso Ltd also offers vouchers to the winners of all eight categories in the Malta Journalism Awards.

Final preparations are currently in hand, with the winners being announced in a ceremony on Monday, November 14.


Press Release No. 18/2005
Date: 15 October 2005

Malta Journalism Awards 2005

TWENTY-SIX FINALISTS FOR THE FIFTEENTH EDITION OF
THE MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS ANNOUNCED

From a record number of 54 submissions, the jury of the 15th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards, organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), has chosen 26 finalists. The list was announced during a ceremony held at St James’ Cavalier on Friday:

PRINT JOURNALISM (NEWS) CATEGORY
Sponsored by HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.

Herman Grech (Times of Malta)
Victor Vella (l-orizzont)
Charlot Zahra (The Malta Independent)

Roderick Agius (Media.Link)

 

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORY
Sponsored by The Farsons Foundation

Rene’ Rossignaud (The Malta Independent)
Christian Sant Fournier (Times of Malta)
Darrin Zammit Lupi (Times of Malta)

PRESS CARTOONS CATEGORY
Sponsored by Malta International Airport

Anthony Preca (KULLHADD)
Maurice Tanti Burlo’ (Times of Malta)

SPORTS JOURNALISM CATEGORY
Sponsored by Michele Peresso – operators of Euro Sport

Lino Bugeja (Times of Malta)
Charles Camenzuli (NET TV)

E-JOURNALISM CATEGORY
Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard

Pierre Mejlak (MaltaMedia)
Maltamedia Team (MaltaMedia)
Robert Micallef (Wired Temples)

BROADCAST SCRIPT JOURNALISM CATEGORY
Sponsored by the Malta Broadcasting Authority

Roderick Agius (NET TV)
Julia Farrugia (Super 1 Radio)
Lourdes Pullicino (NET TV)

BROADCAST FILM JOURNALISM CATEGORY
Sponsored by the Malta Broadcasting Authority

Alvin Scicluna (TVM)

PRINT JOURNALISM FEATURES CATEGORY
Sponsored by Vodafone Malta Limited

Ramona Depares (Sunday Circle)
Vanessa MacDonald (Times of Malta)
Ariadne Massa (Pink Magazine)

TRAVEL JOURNALISM CATEGORY
Sponsored by Emirates Airline

Sandra Aquilina (The Malta Independent)
Mona Farrugia (The Sunday Times)
Doris Zammit (TVM)

CULTURAL TOURISM
Sponsored by The Malta Tourism Authority

Claudette Baldacchino (Super 1 TV)
John Manduca (Treasures of Malta)

L-ILSIEN MALTI FIL-GURNALIZMU
Sponsored by Maltapost plc

To be announced during the final ceremony

The final ceremony will be held on 14 November at the Audio Vision Centre in Hamrun.


Press Release No. 17/2005
Date: 9 September 2005

ISTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS CONDEMNS MFA SECURITY, POLICE ACTS AT NATIONAL STADIUM

Following the publication of reports in the Maltese media, alleging that camera memory cards and film tape were confiscated from Maltese and Croat photographers and cameramen on September 7, 2005, at the National Stadium, Ta’ Qali, the Institute of Maltese Journalists condemns this blatant act of censorship.

What is even worse, and what the IGM condemns also without any reservation, is that some photographers and cameramen, who were on official duty for their media organisations, were not only manhandled and exposed to abusive and obscene language, but also beaten up by individuals who were in duty bound to prevent these actions from taking place.

The thrust of these initiatives by individuals who said they were Malta Football Association security personnel – yet had no means of identification – and members of the Malta Police Force was not to collect evidence to support proceedings in a Court of Law but, in fact, to destroy evidence that had been collected by these media professionals.

The IGM calls on the Commissioner of Police and the President of the Malta Football Association to investigate the actions of these individuals and for disciplinary action to be taken against those who acted abusively and confiscated this material in breach of the law. This material should be returned to its rightful owners immediately.

In addition, the IGM calls for clear policy guidelines to be drawn up for the coverage of these incidents, both by local and visiting (foreign) media. Once the national TV station was broadcasting live from Ta’ Qali, there was nothing to ‘hide’.

Independently of what is going on in the stadium and who is acting against the law, it is the duty of the media to cover these events in the public interest. The Police should be given training in ‘civil’ conduct with regard to the media.

As far back as 2001, it was agreed with the Police Commissioner that:

1. the Police will give proper and full protection to journalists, news photographers and news cameramen on duty, and especially when these are threatened or actually attacked;

2. the Police will investigate and immediately take steps against anybody who verbally, or physically abuses journalists;

3. the Police will not interfere with journalists, news photographers and news cameramen who are performing their duties legitimately;

4. journalists, news photographers and news cameramen on duty will leave adequate space for the Police to operate;

5. journalists are to identify themselves with the most senior ranking police officer on site; and

6. journalists are to have visible identification, as a general rule.

The IGM reminds photographers and cameramen that, as it said in a statement on July 4, 2001:

No newspaper, TV station or the Broadcasting Authority should hand over photographs or TV footage to the police for the following reasons:

1. journalists, photo-journalists and news cameramen are bound by professional ethics to be impartial at all times in their actions and reporting. Otherwise, they lose their credibility; and

2. if they hand over these photographs or TV footage, the position of these journalists, who are covering difficult situations, will be placed in more serious danger that they are at present.
3.
The IGM reminds the Police that it has every means at its disposal to record these events and in this particular situation also has the TV coverage to back it up.


Press Release No. 16/2005
Date: 1 September 2005

Malta Journalism Awards 2005

RECORD NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS

When on Wednesday, 17 August, the deadline for submissions for the Malta Journalism Awards 2005 passed, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), which organises this prestigious award every year, received a record number of submissions. In total there were 54.

The 15th edition of the awards will be the largest ever, not only because of the number of submissions but also because there are more categories, a decision that has yielded the desired results as now there will be a wider spread of participants.

The IGM said that the submitted works were from all local newspapers except Malta Today. In addition, this year the submissions included contributions published in local magazines as well as broadcast on PBS, Super One Television and Net TV, as well as Radio 101, Super One Radio and Campus FM.

This year’s new category, Print Features, has attracted the largest number of submissions. Eleven journalists or contributors submitted 30 works for this category.

Maltese journalists will be competing in ten different categories: Print Journalism (News), sponsored by HSBC Bank Malta plc; Print Journalism (Features), sponsored by Vodafone; Broadcast Script and Broadcast Film, both sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority; Sports Journalism, sponsored by Michele Peresso Ltd., operators of Eurosport; e-Journalism, sponsored by HP; Travel Journalism, sponsored by Emirates; Cultural Tourism, sponsored by the Malta Tourism Authority; Press Photography, sponsored by the Farsons Foundation; and Press Cartoons, sponsored by Malta International Airport.

Moreover, all the submissions in Maltese will compete for an award for the Best Use of Maltese in Journalism, sponsored by Maltapost plc.

This year, for the first time, there will be the Best Journalist of the Year. The winner of this prize will be given the opportunity to work with a newspaper or a broadcasting station in the United Kingdom for two weeks. This prize has become possible thanks to the assistance of the British High Commission in Malta, HSBC Bank Malta plc and the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism.

The winner in each of the ten categories of the awards will be given a new trophy, which this year has been designed by artist Bernard Scicluna, a certificate, cash as well as another prize awarded by Michele Peresso Ltd. The trophies were manufactured by Cutajar Works Ltd of Hamrun.

The Gold Award, which has been sponsored by BPC International since its inception, is awarded to that Maltese journalist with a long and exemplary career during with he or she not only did his duty to raise the level of Maltese journalism but was also an example for others. The prize consists of a beautiful trophy and a certificate.

The finalists in each category will be announced on 14 October and the final night, when the winners of the awards will be announced, will take place on 14 November at the Audio Vision Centre in Hamrun, kindly offered to the Institute of Maltese Journalists for this occasion by BPC International.

 


Press Release No. 15/2005
Date: 10 August 2005

Malta Journalism Awards 2005

MALTAPOST SPONSORS ‘USE OF MALTESE LANGUAGE IN JOURNALISM’ AWARD

Maltapost is the latest leading company to sponsor the Malta Journalism Awards, organised annually by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM). The agreement was signed officially last week at Maltapost’s head office in Qormi.

There are 12 categories in this year’s Malta Journalism Awards, including three new ones. These new categories are: Cultural Tourism; Print Journalism (Features); and an overall award for the Journalist of the Year, with the prize being an attachment to a newspaper or TV/radio station abroad.

Maltapost chairman David Stellini met IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi and IGM secretary Joe A. Vella in his office. After discussing the awards, Mr Stellini presented Maltapost’s sponsorship for the awards. Also present was Maltapost’s public relations manager Tony Barbaro Sant.

Mr Stellini praised the IGM’s work for the benefit of journalists and journalism in Malta, an important role in the country. He augured that the Malta Journalism Awards would be a success. Maltapost, he added, felt it was its duty to sponsor the awards, especially the Use of Maltese Language in Journalism Award, and he expressed the hope that the sponsorship would foster the improvement of the Maltese language in journalism.

Mr Naudi thanked Mr Stellini for the sponsorship and invited him to the final night in November to present the trophy for this award personally. The trophies this year are also new.


 

Stqarrija Numru 14/2005
Data: 26 ta’ Lulju 2005

IMNEDIJA IL-15-IL EDIZZJONI TAL-MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) habbar li s-serata finali tal-15-il edizzjoni tal-Malta Journalism Awards, li permezz taghha jkunu ppremjati dawk il-gurnalisti li bil-kitba jew ix-xandir taghhom matul l-2004 iddistingwew ruhhom u taw kontribut biex ikompli joghla l-livell tal-gurnalizmu f’pajjizna, se ssir it-Tnejn, 14 ta’ Novembru, 2005.

L-edizzjoni ta’ din is-sena se jkun fiha diversi innovazzjonijiet kemm f’dawk li huma premjijiet kif ukoll iz-zieda ta’ xi kategoriji.From left: Bernard Scicluna, Mario Schiavone, Malcolm J. Naudi, Joe A. Vella

Ic-chairman ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin, Malcolm Naudi, habbar li din is-sena se jkun hemm kategorija gdida ghal kitba dwar Turizmu Kulturali li se tkun sponsorjata mill-Awtorita’ Maltija ghat-Turizmu, filwaqt li l-kategorija tal-Gurnalizmu Miktub, minhabba numru kbir ta’ sottomissjonijiet, se tinqasam f’zewg kategoriji billi jkun hemm wahda ghall-Ahbarijiet u l-ohra ghall-Features.

Barra minn dan innovazzjoni ohra se tkun li se jkun nominat l-Ahjar Gurnalist/a tas-Sena. Dan ir-rebbieh se jinghata bhala premju l-opportunita’ li jahdem ghal ghaxart ijiem ma’ gazzetta jew stazzjon tat-televizjoni/radju fl-Ingilterra.

L-Istitut tal-Guranlisti Maltin jixtieq jirringrazzja lill-Kummissjoni Gholja Ngliza f’Malta u lill-HSBC Bank Malta plc li qed jisponsorjaw din il-kategorija, u lill-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu ghall-appogg taghha biex jinghata dan il-premju prestiggjuz.

Din is-sena wkoll qed ikunu ntrodotti trofej godda. Dawn inghazlu wara konkors li sar li fih ippartecipaw numru ta’ artisti Maltin. Id-disinn rebbieh hu dak ta’ Bernard Scicluna li nghata premju ta’ Lm200.

It-trofew il-gdid hu maghmul minn irham, hgieg u metal u jissimbolizza l-gurnalizmu fid-diversi forom tieghu f’ambjent lokali u internazzjonali.

Il-Kategoriji fil-konkors huma:

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Ahbarjiet – HSBC Bank Malta plc
Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features – Vodafone
Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Kitba – L-Awtorita’ tax-Xandir
Gurnalizmu Filmat – L-Awtorita’ tax-Xandir
Fotografija Gurnalistika – Malta International Airport
Karikatura Gurnalistika – Farsons Foundation
Gurnalizmu Sportiv – Michele Peresso, operaturi ta’ Eurosport
Gurnalizmu Elettroniku – Hewlett Packard
Gurnalizmu dwar Vjaggar – Emirates Airline
Gurnalizmu Turizmu Kulturali – L-Awtorita’ Maltija tat-Turizmu
L-Ilsien Malti fil-Gurnalizmu – Maltapost plc

Sponsors ohra fil-konkors huma l-BPC International u l-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu.

Din is-sena se ssir ukoll it-Tmien Edizzjoni tal-Gold Award li bhas-soltu hi sponsorjata kollha mill-BPC International. Dan il-premju jinghat lil dak il-gurnalist li fil-karriera tieghu jkun idddistingwa ruhu mhux biss fix-xoghol tieghu izda wkoll li jkun ta’ ezempju u ispirazzjoni ghall-ohrajn.

Is-sottomissjonijiet ghall-Malta Journalism Awards iridu jaslu t-Tlieta 16 u l-Erbgha 17 ta’ Awissu 2005, billi jittiehdu personalment fl-ufficcju ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin bejn is-6.00 p.m. u s-7.30 p.m. Formoli ta’ applikazzjoni jinkisbu mis-Segretarju ta’ l-Istitut Joe A. Vella permezz tat-telefon 21316958/99450746 jew bil-posta elettronika: joeavella@onvol.net jew minn fuq din il-website stess billi tikklikkja hawn.

In-Nominazzjonijiet ghall-Gold Award jaghlqu fil-31 ta’ Awissu, 2005 u ghandhom jintbaghtu wkoll fuq l-istess indirizz ta’ hawn fuq.


Press Release No. 13/2005
Date: 25 July 2005

MALTA TOURISM AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN ADDRESSES SENIOR JOURNALISTS DURING IGM PRESS BRIEFING

Malta Tourism Authority chairman Romuald Lungaro Mifsud gave an intensive two-hour briefing of the media yesterday at the Fortina Spa Resort.

The briefing, the second in a series organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), was also addressed by Jeffrey Cutajar, director, Marketing & Promotion, at the MTA, who announced that thanks to the MTA’s support, the IGM is to host the 2007 Conference of Journalists of the Mediterranean of the International Federation of Journalists.

Some 30 delegates are expected to attend this conference, which was held this year in Spain and is being held in 2006 in Croatia. Thanks to this conference, the IGM will also be in a position to bid for the 2008 international conference of the European Federation of Journalists, the European arm of the IFJ of which the IGM is a full member.

Points from Mr Lungaro Mifsud’s presentation, which revolved around four subject areas:

1. Restructuring of MTA;
2. Branding Malta;
3. Product Malta; and
4. How Malta can be competitive in tourism.

Restructuring
The Cabinet is this week expected to approve a new structure for the MTA, which is set to come into force by September 30, 2005.

The restructuring follows an audit that was conducted last year by Deloitte & Touche, which recommended the removal of most of the directorate boards of the MTA, and a one-to-one employee profiling exercise (total staff count about 180).

The MTA marketing approach is going to change from one that is geographically oriented to one that is segment oriented. There are seven segments:

1. Leisure;
2. History & Culture;
3. English Language learning;
4. Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events (MICE);
5. Sports (including diving, rock climbing, cycling)
6. Growth markets (cruises, wellness, new market opportunities); and
7. Gozo.

The six overseas directors are to be recalled to Malta and will be given roles as segment heads. The segment heads will spent roughly a week in Malta and the rest of the month out in the field chasing new business. All segments are to be assigned targets and there is the intention to examine the possibility of offering incentives to those segments that reach their targets.

Just two overseas offices are to be retained in the long term – UK and Germany, the main markets. The other offices that are leased will not have their leases renewed and any offices that will be retained will be moved from the centre to the periphery.

As a result of the restructuring there will be smoother lines of communications and the organisation will be less top heavy.

Since the MTA budget is decreasing, the authority has to act smarter and fight more aggressively for market share. The authority fully intends to reach its target of attracting 50,000 more tourists in 2005. It also intends to target tourists from China, India and South America.

Branding Malta
Destination branding is only six years old as a concept. Among the countries that have adopted this are Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus and Dubai.

Malta currently has no cohesive message and the MTA is currently in the process of introducing this mentality of ‘living the brand’ – which is a three-year process.
Advertising is very different from branding.

Earlier this month a two-day seminar was held at which the MTA has established three core values, a mission statement and a vision statement. These are to be made public soon. Given the existing timelines for the implementation of any such brief, the concept may be ready for the World Travelmarket in November and can be adopted in marketing Malta for Winter 2006/07.

A brand is a promise of delivery of service/product. You have to live the brand and communicate that message to all the country’s citizens. The brand has to be built inwards first and then outwards – communicated to all sectors of the population, including schoolchildren.

We want to foster a culture to involve everyone. This is where the media have a role to promote the brand values and enable the population to live the brand.

Product Malta
This is the total experience of the tourist while in Malta. The first and last impressions are key but also the experience as a whole. It is important to manage expectations, which is an ongoing process.

The MTA made a presentation in May to the Inter-ministerial Committee chaired by the Prime Minister in which it outlined the deficiencies that could be addressed before the summer in the seven tourist product zones the authority has identified:

1. Valletta;
2. Mdina/Rabat;
3. Gozo/Comino;
4. Sliema/St Julian’s;
5. Bugibba/Qawra/St Paul’s Bay;
6. Mellieha; and
7. the coastal areas.

Each product zone has a co-ordinator who looks at the deficiencies in the zone (taking photos) – from broken signs, pavements and telephone boxes to roads, bus stops, public conveniences and rubbish bins. An action plan is drawn up and the Inter-ministerial Committee is now receiving an update every three weeks on what is happening in these zones and how the various government departments has implemented the action plan prepared within the time frame allotted.

It is important that the tourism zones be maintained all the year round.

He also gave full details of the St George’s Bay project. This PPP model is now to be extended to Bugibba and the new golf course, which is expected to be funded by private enterprise.

Competitiveness
Malta has to compete on the basis of quality. The total carrying capacity is 1.5 million tourists a year on an average stay of nine days. Malta cannot play the volume game. We have to go the extra mile to deliver a quality service and it is very important to give value for money.

The MTA has intensive training plans and it will be contracting out this training to ensure it is given to the highest level of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

“Time is not on our side. We have to buck up. The objectives is to market and to sell. If we don’t sell, people will lose their jobs,” said Mr Lungaro Mifsud.


 

Press Release No. 11/2005
Date: 11 July 2005

MALTESE JOURNALISTS CALL FOR RELEASE OF U.S. JOURNALIST JAILED FOR NOT REVEALING SOURCES

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) joins the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in referring to the imprisonment of New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to name a confidential source as “chilling for democracy and press freedom” and calls for her immediate release.

A few days ago a federal judge in the United States sent Ms Miller to jail for refusing to name a source in a controversial story about an undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer that was leaked from inside the White House. She has been backed by her company, the New York Times, which called her stance “an act of conscience”.

“The judge’s decision casts a long shadow over journalism, both within the United States and worldwide,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “It has a chilling effect on democracy and press freedom, and sends a message to all potential sources that they risk being exposed, even when they speak to journalists at great personal risk and in the public interest.”

The IFJ is backing calls led by its affiliate, The Newspaper Guild-CWA, for a Federal shield law that gives journalists protection when they refuse to reveal sources of information. Such protection exists at State level in some parts of the country, but legal protection nationwide is now urgently needed, says the IFJ.

“It is vital that the country, which has – Constitutionally at least – the highest level of press freedom in the world, should ensure that this cardinal principle of journalism is protected,” said Mr White.

A second reporter, Time magazine’s Matthew Cooper, avoided jail when he said that his sources gave him permission to reveal their identity. The IFJ has severely criticised Mr Cooper’s employer, Time-Warner, one of the world’s largest media corporations, which last week decided to defy its reporter’s wishes and hand over his notebook to avoid heavy fines. The IFJ called Time Warner’s decision a “profound betrayal” of principle.

Ms Miller and Mr Cooper were following a story on who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, a Central Intelligence Agency operative. Mr Cooper wrote a story suggesting Mrs Plame had been deliberately exposed by the Bush administration because her husband, a former diplomat, had contradicted claims that Iraq sought to buy uranium – one of the key assertions used by President Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq. Ms Miller conducted interviews on the subject but never wrote a story.

In Malta, thanks to the work of the IGM in past years, the principle of confidentiality of journalistic sources has been recognised in the statute books since 1996.

In fact, section 46 of the Press Act states: “No Court shall require any person mentioned in section 23 of this Act (the author or the editor of a newspaper or broadcast) to disclose, nor shall such person be guilty of contempt of court for refusing to disclose, the source of information contained in a newspaper or broadcast for which he is responsible unless it is established to the satisfaction of the Court that such disclosure is necessary in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, or for the prevention of disorder or crime or for the protection of the interests of justice”.

The same section adds that “the Court shall not order such disclosure unless it is also satisfied that in the particular circumstances of the case the need for investigation by the Court outweighs the need of the media to protect its sources, due regard being taken of the importance of the role of the media in a democratic society”.

A copy of this statement is being sent to the US Embassy in Malta.


 

Stqarrija Numru 10/2005
Data: 2 ta’ Lulju 2005

KUNDANNA GHAL AGGRESSJONI FIZIKA FUQ GURNALISTI

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) jikkundanna bla ebda rizerva l-aggressjoni fizika li saret fuq membri ta’ l-istampa waqt li kienu qed jirrapportaw il-konferenza generali straordinarja tal-Partit Laburista il-bierah filghaxija.

Jidher li xi nies mhux identifikati telghu mis-sala tal-konferenzi tac-Centru Nazzjonali Laburista ghal gol-gallarija ta’ l-istess sala, li suppost kienet rizervata ghall-membri ta’ l-istampa, sabiex iwaqqfu membru tal-kru tal-programm televiziv “Bondiplus” milli tigbed incident li nqala’ fis-sala. L-istess gara lil cameraman ta’ Net Television li kien qed jigbed l-istess incident minn gos-sala.

F’dan il-kuntest il-Kunsill ifahhar bil-qawwa kollha l-intervent f’waqtu ta’ bosta ufficjali gholja tal-Partit Laburista, immexxija mis-segretarju generali Jason Micallef, li kkalmaw lill-aggressuri u offrew protezzjoni lill-gurnalisti involuti matul il-bqija tal-konferenza kif ukoll fi tmiemha. B’hekk il-gurnalisti setghu ikomplu bil-hidma taghhom bla xkiel.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin itenni li m’ghandu qatt ikun accettat f’socjeta’ demokratika li l-gurnalist ikun imxekkel mill-qadi ta’ dmirijietu, wisq aktar bil-vjolenza fizika. Huwa dmir il-politici li jaghtu sinjal car li mgiba bhal din m’ghandhiex tkun accettabbli fost il-partitarji taghhom.

 


 

Press Release No. 09/2005
Date: 10 May 2005

MALTA TO HOST 2007 MEETING OF MEDITERRANEAN JOURNALISTS

Malta is to host the 2007 Meeting of Mediterranean Journalists under the auspices of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The decision was taken at the 1st Meeting of Mediterranean Journalists held recently in Almeria, Spain. Next year the meeting will be held in Croatia.

At the opening session of the meeting in Almeria, the General Secretary of the IFJ, Aidan White, attacked the governments who manipulate the media for their own political ends, “as we saw in Spain a few days before the last election and in Britain when the BBC was attacked by the government for its independent reporting of the war in Iraq, as well as those governments around the Mediterranean, such as Turkey, Slovenia, Italy, Algeria, Tunisia and Israel, when their approach threatens media independence and pluralism.”

We must unite to send a strong message to all governments that they must keep their hands off the controls of media and information, continued Mr White. He also criticised the US government over its failure to end speculation over targeted killings of journalists and media staff in Iraq.

Last year more than 130 journalists and media staff were killed. It was the worst year ever. Up to today some 73 journalists and media staff have been killed in the Iraq conflict alone, said Mr White.

“The IFJ recognises that most targeted journalists are the victims of cruel extremists with whom it is impossible to make a moral compact. We condemn unreservedly those attacks and the people behind the current wave of hostage taking which has seen the kidnapping of colleagues. We must be unequivocal about our condemnation of terrorism. I say this because sometimes there is confusion caused by those who justify extreme violence on the basis of ideas of ‘legitimate resistance’ to occupation, continued Mr White.

Mr White joined those who criticise much of the media coverage.

“We do need to do better. We do need to avoid the language of intolerance and we do need to avoid being manipulated by political and military spin doctors. The answer to bad journalism is good journalism. When journalists provide accurate, reliable, quality information in context and in an ethical and independent manner people are properly informed about the causes of tension,” concluded Mr White.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists was represented at the Almeria Meeting by Secretary Joe A. Vella and Council Member Roderick J. Agius.


Press Release No. 08/2005
Date: 02 May 2005

IGM COMMEMORATES WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2005

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) joins fellow professional organisations and civil society groups worldwide in commemorating World Press Freedom Day 2005 on May 3.

Media and Good Governance is the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, which has been commemorated by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) since 1994.

In a message for the Day, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, explained that without freedom of expression and media freedom, “democracy cannot prevail and development remains unattainable.

“Independent, free and pluralistic media have a crucial role to play in the good governance of democratic societies, by ensuring transparency and accountability, promoting participation and the rule of law, and contributing to the fight against poverty.”

Not only do free and independent media act as guardians of human rights and watchdogs against abuses by authority, they also provide citizens with the information they require to exercise their democratic rights, notably in times of election.

However, this has a shameful human cost for the media community, especially in developing countries, countries in transition, and post conflict areas around the world. The worldwide toll of journalists and critical support staff killed covering a story is spiralling. Last year was the deadliest in at least a decade.

So far this year, the International News Safety Institute has recorded 23 members of the news media killed at work in 11 countries, all but two of them murdered and no one brought to justice.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) estimated on World Press Freedom Day in 2003 that in 94 per cent of cases over the preceding 10 years, those who murdered journalists did so with impunity.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) called for more concerted action by political and civil society groups.

“Too often governments display a heartless and cruel indifference to the suffering endured by the victims and their families,” General Secretary Aidan White said. “There tends to be a few meaningless words of regret, a cursory inquiry and a shrug of indifference.”

In this context, the IGM, as the local affiliate of the IFJ, joins the Federation in its global campaign against all restrictions on the right to report and for the restoration of pluralism, press freedom and open government as core values of democratic society.

Although thankfully no journalists have been killed in Malta, there have been various instances of physical harassment of journalists throughout the years, as well as many more cases of verbal threats and abuse against journalists who thread the proverbial corn.

Since 2001, a total of ten cases of physical assault against journalists were reported to the Institute of Maltese Journalists. Many more have gone unreported.

Unfortunately, most of these crimes committed against journalists in Malta during the exercise of their duties, either went unpunished, or the assailants were meted out derisory punishments.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists calls again on the authorities to issue stiffer punishments against perpetrators of these crimes, as well as to afford better protection to journalists in hotspots where such incidents occurred in the past, such as the Law Courts and during public meetings.

Note:

World Press Freedom Day, normally observed on 3 May, was established by the United Nations’ (UN) General Assembly decision 48/432 of 20 December 1993, on a recommendation of the Economic and Social Council and as an outgrowth of the Seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press.

The Seminar, co-sponsored by the Department of Public Information of the UN and UNESCO, took place in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1991 and resulted in the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration.

The Declaration states that “the establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation, and for economic development”.

It defines an independent press as free “from governmental, political or economic control or from control of materials and infrastructure essential for the production and dissemination of newspapers, magazines and periodicals”, and a pluralistic press as having no monopolies of any kind and “the greatest possible number of newspapers, magazines and periodicals reflecting the widest possible range of opinion within the community”.

 


Press Release No. 07/2005
Date: 8 April 2005

IGM JOINS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST IMPUNITY
OVER KILLINGS OF MEDIA STAFF IN IRAQ

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), the local affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has joined the IFJ in calling on the United States government to end all speculation over targeted killings of journalists and media staff by providing “credible and convincing” reports on incidents in which 14 media staff have been killed since the invasion of the country in March 2003.
“The United States stands accused of failing to meet its obligations to deliver justice and fair treatment to the victims of violence by its own soldiers,” said IFJ General Secretary Aidan White in a letter to President George Bush on Friday. Similar letters calling for the US to carry out exhaustive investigation into these cases have been sent by IFJ affiliates to US officials and many countries.
April 8th marks the second anniversary of the United States attack on Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel, which at the time contained scores of reporters and media people reporting on the US invasion. Two journalists were killed and others wounded. On the same morning, a journalist was killed when the Baghdad offices of the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera was attacked by US fighter planes. The IFJ says there are another 11 other cases of unexplained killings in which US soldiers were involved that require answers.
“The ordeal of family, friends and colleagues of media victims continues as they wait for justice from the authorities about how and why their loved ones died,” said Mr White.
The IFJ says that two years after the invasion of Iraq the pain of the war is deeply felt by journalists and media staff and particularly by Iraqi journalists themselves who joined today’s protests.
The Federation accuses the US of carrying out “whitewash” reports of the killings – and in many instances cases there have been no reports at all.
“These reports follow the same unconvincing and incredible pattern: secrecy over the detail and nature of the report, a failure to examine all the evidence, paltry and cruelly insensitive shrugs of regret, and complete exoneration of responsibility of US personnel at all levels of command,” said White. “It is denial of justice on a shocking scale.”
The IFJ says that April 8th has come to symbolise for many the crisis of impunity which sees scores of journalists killed in targeted assassinations each year, but few are the subject of serious investigation and only a handful ever lead to prosecution of those responsible.
The IFJ recognises that most targeted journalists are the victims of cruel extremists “with whom it is impossible to make a moral compact.”
“We condemn unreservedly those attacks and the people behind the current wave of hostage taking which has seen the kidnapping of our colleagues Florence Aubenas, of Liberation, her driver Hussein Hanoun as well as Romanian reporters Eduard Ohanesian of Romania Liberia, Marie-Jeanne Ion and Sorin Miscoci of Prima TV”.
We will campaign vigorously for their release and for the isolation, arrest and trial of all those responsible for murder and kidnapping of journalists,” said Mr White.
But at the same time, the IFJ says the United States needs to act to defend its traditions of liberty and justice by addressing the concerns of journalists around the world over the failure to take responsibility for the deaths of journalists and media staff in Iraq.
“A prompt and convincing response to the questions raised over these deaths will end speculation over the targeting of journalists and media and provide irrefutable evidence for Iraq journalists and the people of Iraq that the democracy now in the making will deliver justice for all,” said Mr White.


Stqarrija Numru 06/2005
Data: 1t’April 2005

KONKORS BIEX JINTGHAZEL TROFEW GHALL-MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

Kull sena, l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) jorganizza l-Malta Journalism Awards li hu l-uniku premju fil-pajjiz, li jippremja l-impenn u l-hila murija f’diversi oqsma gurnalistici.

Fost premjijiet ohra, ir-rebbieha ta’ kull kategorija f’dan il-konkors jinghataw trofew.

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-IGM qed jahseb biex minn din is-sena, ikollu trofew gdid ghar-rebbieha ta’ dan il-Premju.

Ghalhekk, l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin qed iniedi konkors fost artisti Maltin biex jinghazel it-trofew ghal din il-kompetizzjoni prestigjuza.

Kull artist jista’ jipprezenta sa tliet disinji differenti.

Ma’ kull disinn ghandu jkun indikat it-tip ta’ materjal uzat ghall-produzzjoni tat-trofew u jekk ikun il-kaz x’kuluri se jintuzaw.

It-trofew ghandu jkollu fuqu il-logo ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin u l-kliem: Malta Journalism Awards.

Jinghata Premju ta’ Lm200 lill-artist li jissottometti d-disinn maghzul.

Id-disinn maghzul isir proprjeta` ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin biex fuqu jsiru t-trofej li jinghataw ghal kull kategorija tal-Malta Journalism Awards.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin jintrabat, li jekk jintlahaq ftehim ma’ l-artist li jissottometti d-disinn rebbieh, dan jinghata wkoll id-dritt li jipproduci t-trofej proprji ghal kull kategorija tal-Malta Journalism Awards ghat-tliet snin bejn l-2005 u l-2008, skond kif indikat mill-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin.

Id-disinji sottomessi ghandhom jaslu ghand:
Is-Segretarju
Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin
PO Box 21 Marsa GPO 01

Sa mhux aktar tard mill-15 ta’ Mejju, 2005.


Press Release No. 05/2005
Date: 28 March 2005

INFORMAL PRESS BRIEFINGS SHOULD BE OPEN TO ALL MEDIA

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) appeals to those in public office to act in an equitable and just way with the broadcast media and newspapers because these all have an important function in a democratic society, even if they do not share the same views.
The Institute notes that last week officials of the Ministry for Investment and IT spoke to members of the media of their choice to the exclusion of representatives of some newspapers and broadcasting media.

Following investigations by the Institute it has emerged that, on this occasion, there was no formal press conference; so much so that the Department of Information did not issue a notice for it as it normally does.

It also emerged that the invited journalists were not addressed by Minister Austin Gatt but by the head of his private secretariat and by the communications co-ordinator within the ministry.

It is clear that the meeting was what in journalism circles is known as a press briefing – a meeting of a rather informal nature for members of the media, who are called by whoever wishes to address them.

This is not the first time that this type of briefing has been called either by minister of the present administration, or former ministers, and although this is an accepted practice the Institute of Maltese Journalists still feels that this should not be used in a discriminatory way.

The Institute refers to article 47 (3) of the Press Act where it is expressly stated: “The Government cannot issue general instructions which prohibit the issuing of information to certain newspapers or licensed broadcasting services that have a particular opinion or to a specific newspaper or licensed broadcasting service.”

Although, in this case, no specific instructions were given that no newspaper or broadcasting station be left out of the meeting, the invitation was not issued to all media. Choices of this nature rankle of discrimination – even if unintentional – and should be avoided as much as possible.

 


 

Press Release No. 04/2005
Date: 10 February 2005

INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS CONDEMNS MEMBER’S TREATMENT

The Council of the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), following consideration of a complaint made by a member, Charlot Zahra, about Alan Camilleri, communications coordinator in the Office of the Prime Minister, has condemned Mr Camilleri’s behaviour, which it considers to be unjust.

The complaint related to an e-mail Mr Camilleri sent to the editor of The Malta Independent on Sunday, Fr Noel Grima, which was published in the December 17, 2004, issue of MaltaToday.

According to correspondence published in MaltaToday, the e-mail related to a list of questions Mr Zahra sent to Mr Camilleri to enquire on Government’s policy on devaluation or depreciation of the Malta lira, which was and still is of public interest and a matter of controversy.

The IGM Council feels that the tone used by Mr Camilleri in relation to Mr Zahra was rough and Mr Camilleri’s insinuations may have led to tarnishing Mr Zahra’s reputation with the editor and his employer.

Mr Camilleri’s attitude in the journalist’s regard when he was exercising his right and duty to ask questions of public interest that related to a matter of current controversy is not justified, and does not help journalists in their work.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists pointed out that the right to freedom of expression as well as to a free press are safeguarded in the Constitution of Malta, as well as in the European Convention of Human Rights to which Malta is a signatory and which is part of national law.

The IGM Council discussed the complaint in Mr Zahra’s absence and reached its conclusion unanimously.

 


Press Release No. 03/2005
Date: 27 January 2005

Institute of Maltese Journalists Council meets Prime Minister

The Council of the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) met Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi this afternoon at the Auberge de Castille.
Malcolm J Naudi, IGM chairman, led the IGM delegation. Also forming part of the delegation were Joe A Vella, Secretary; Mario Schiavone, Treasurer; Charlot Zahra, Education and Information Secretary; and Joe Cordina, Member.
During the cordial meeting, matters of common interest were discussed, including the situation of the media in Malta, the relationship between politics and the media as well as press ethics.
This is the first meeting between the IGM and Dr Gonzi since he was sworn in as Prime Minister last year.


 

Press Release No. 02/2005
Date: 19 January 2005

NEW INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS COUNCIL

The officials of the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM – formerly The Malta Press Club) Council have been announced. Malcolm J. Naudi was confirmed Chairman for 2005, while Joe A. Vella and Mario Schiavone are Secretary General and Treasurer, respectively.

Charlot Zahra will continue in the position of Education and Information Secretary while Roderick Agius, Joe Cordina and Julia Farrugia will continue to serve as Council members.

The IGM Council elections were held during the Institute’s Annual General Meeting a few days ago.

Chairman Malcolm J. Naudi said: “The recognition of the Institute’s work is growing as time goes by both by the journalists themselves as well as by the rest of society. It is with pleasure that we note that more members are coming forward to help in the work of the Institute, which is totally voluntary.

“We urge more members and journalists to also dedicate themselves to contributing to the benefit of the Institute, which is working in the name of Maltese journalists. Everyone is welcome,” Mr Naudi said.

The new Council has already begun working on organising the 16th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards (MJA), which are expected to be held later this year.

The Council invites all members and anyone who wishes to make any suggestions to improve the Malta Journalism Awards to do so by the end of January.

Suggestions can be sent by post to the Institute of Maltese Journalists, PO Box 21, GPO Marsa, Malta. The IGM’s fax number is 21 31 69 58 and its e-mail is institute.of.maltese.journalists@gmail.com

The IGM is a founder member of the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE), which was set up in 1998. It is an associate member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and a full member of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

The Institute of Maltese Journalists was instrumental in setting up both the Press Ethics Commission (1991) and the Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu (Tumas Fenech Foundation for the Education of Journalists) in 1999, which in the coming days celebrates the fifth anniversary of its foundation.

The IGM will celebrate the 16th anniversary of its foundation in November of this year.

 


Press Release 01/2005
Date: 01 January 2005

INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS MAKES SYMBOLIC DONATION TO IFJ HUMANITARIAN FUND AFTER ASIA EARTHQUAKE

AT LEAST 105 JOURNALISTS MISSING FOLLOWING TSUNAMI

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), the Malta affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has joined the world-wide appeal launched by the IFJ for humanitarian assistance to the families of journalists and media staff caught up in the Asia earthquake disaster.

At least 25 members of the Aliansi Independen Jurnalis (AJI), the IFJ’s Indonesian affiliate, are missing as well as 80 staff members of Serambi Indonesia, one of the leading daily newspapers.

In view of this, the Council of the IGM has unanimously agreed to make a symbolic donation of Lm100 to the Asia Disaster Relief for Journalists and Media Staff fund set up by the IFJ for this purpose.

“Everyone should be making a contribution to the relief effort,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “We have established a special fund within our International Safety Fund to try to get assistance to our colleagues and their families as quickly as possible.”

In a message to all of its members in more than 100 countries, the IFJ said that the Federation was in contact with its affiliates in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia in an effort to assess the impact of the catastrophe upon the media community.

“We know already that our colleagues in Indonesia have suffered a shocking level of loss,” said White. “Many others may also be in need. Any additional support to the international assistance effort that journalists and media workers can give will be greatly appreciated.”

The IFJ says that donations can be sent to:
Asia Disaster Relief for Journalists and Media Staff
C/o IFJ Safety Fund
Fortis Banque
Agence Rond Point Schumann 10
1040 BRUSSELS
Account number: 210-0785700-52


Press Release 15/2004
Date: 30 November 2004

SEMINAR ON PROTECTING AND EDUCATING THE CONSUMER OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

Members of the press, employees in financial organisations and public relations officers have attended a course, titled Protecting andEducating the Consumer of Financial Services spread over two mornings at the Halland Hotel.

The course was organised by the Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech for the Education of Journalists and the Institute of Maltese Journalists in collaboration with the Malta FinancialServices Authority (MFSA).

The course was run by top personalities in the financial field, including Dr David Fabri, Director Legal and International Relations, MFSA; Paul Azzopardi, an expert in financial services and a contributor to the local media; and Geoffrey Bezzina, Consumer Complaints Manager MFSA.

Two foreign distinguished speakers addressed the second morning: Ian Cowie, Personal Financial Editor of the Daily Telegraph; and David Thomas, Principal Ombudsman, Financial Ombudsman Services, UK.

Paul Vella of the MFSA led the seminar, which ended on Tuesday with an address by Professor Joe V. Bannister, chairman of the MFSA.


Press Release No.: 12/2004
Date: 01 November 2004

THE WINNERS OF THE FOURTEENTH EDITION OF
THE MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of its foundation, this evening the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) organised the fourteenth edition of the Malta Journalism Awards. From 51 participants in the preliminary phase, 21 finalists reached the finals phase. The jury composed of Mr Charles Flores, as Chairman, Ms Victoria Galea and Mr Tony Barbaro Sant, chose the winners for these categories:

Print Journalism: Herman Grech – First
Ariadne Massa – Second
Lino Bugeja – Third
Sponsored by: HSBC Bank Malta plc
Presented by: Head of Marketing and Public Relations, Mr Godfrey Swain

Press Photography: Rene Rossignaud – First
Darrin Zammit Lupi – Second
Michael Ellul – Third
Sponsored by: The Farsons Foundation
Presented by Mr Anthony J Tabone, one of the Trustees

Broadcast Film Journalism: Alvin Scicluna – First
Tonio Darmanin – Second
Sponsored by: The Broadcasting Authority
Presented by: The Chairman, Chief Justice Emeritus Dr Joseph Said Pullicino

Broadcast Script Journalism: Julia Farrugia – First
Roderick J. Agius – Second
Claudette Baldacchino – Third
Sponsored by: The Broadcasting Authority
Presented by: The Chairman, Chief Justice Emeritus Dr Joseph Said Pullicino

Sports Journalism: Lino Bugeja – First
Robert Cutajar – Second
Christian Micallef – Third
Sponsored by: Michele Peresso Group of Companies, operators of EuroSport
Presented by: The Chairman, Mr Emanuel Peresso

Press Cartoons: Maurice Tanti Burlo’ – First
Sponsored by: Malta International Airport
Presented by: The Chief Executive, Mr Peter Bolech

E-Journalism: Charlot Zahra – First
Paul Cachia – Second

Charlotte Bonavia – Third

Sponsored by: HP
Presented by: District Manager for Public Sector and Financial Services,
European Emerging Markets – HP, Mr Alberto Caprara

Travel Journalism: Corinne Vella – First
Sarah Puntan Galea – Second
Alvin Scicluna – Third
Sponsored by: Emirates Airline
Presented by: Manager Emirates Malta Office, Mr Paul Fleri Soler
(new category)

L-Ilsien Malti fil-Gurnalizmu: Roderick J Agius
Sponsored by: L-Akkademja tal-Malti
Presented by: Dr Charles Briffa

This is the fourteenth consecutive year that this annual competition is being organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists. This year the ceremony took place at the Audiovision Centre studios in Hamrun.

The Jury also prepared a detailed report about the submissions and their journalistic level, which was read before the presentation of the awards (report is attached).

During the same ceremony the winner of the Gold Award was announced as well. The Gold Award is given to the nominated person who the Jury deems to have gone beyond the requirements of normal journalistic practice during his or her career. The Jury of the Gold Award was composed of Mr Manni Spiteri, Mr Frans Camilleri, and His Excellency the President Emeritus Prof Guido de Marco as Chairman.

The Gold Award this year was given to Charles Grech Orr.

In the past six editions that were held till now this award was won by Fr Joe Borg (1998), Mr Anton Cassar (1999), Mr Frank Attard (2000), Mr J G Vassallo (2001), Mr Anthony Montanaro (2002), and Mr John Manduca (2003).


Press Release 13/2004
Date: 27 October 2004

Malta Journalism Awards

MIA SPONSORS PRESS CARTOONS CATEGORY

Mr. Peter Bolech, Chief Executive Officer of Malta International Airport p.l.c. expressed his satisfaction that his company is again associated with the Malta Journalism Awards, by sponsoring the Press Cartoons Category for another year.

The Malta Journalism Awards which are organised annually by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) have now entered their 15th edition. This year the Award winners will be announced and will receive their prizes at the annual event to be held on Monday 1st November at the AudioVision Centre in Hamrun.

Mr. Bolech presented the sponsorship to Mr. Malcolm J. Naudi, Chairman of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, who thanked Malta International Airport p.l.c. for their continuous support to the Institute by sponsoring this particular category, which has always attracted the best cartoonists on the island.

Mr. Naudi said that cartoons are becoming more popular in our newspapers and today almost all local newspapers feature a regular cartoon, which if well executed can carry the message which its author wants to give to his readers.

Present for the presentation was also Mr. Maruice Tanti Burlo`, winner of last year’s Press Cartoons Category and a finalist in this year’s edition.


Press Release 11/2004
Date: 22 October 2004

Malta Journalism Awards

EUROSPORT SPONSOR SPORTS JOURNALISM CATEGORY FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the second consecutive year, the Michele Peresso Group of Companies, operators of the Eurosport chain of shops throughout Malta and Gozo, is sponsoring the Sports Journalism category in the annual Malta Journalism Awards.

Michael Peresso Jr, Director of the operators of Eurosport, presents the sponsorship to Malcolm J. Naudi, Chairman of the Institute of Maltese Journalists. They are flanked by Emanuele Peresso, Chairman of the Michele Peresso Group of Companies (on left), and Mario Schiavone, IGM Treasurer.Organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), the awards are now in their 14th edition. As time goes by these awards are becoming more popular and attracting the interest not only of all members of the media but also from a large number of sponsors who are assisting financially so that this annual event will improve in standards from one year to the next.

Speaking at the presentation of the sponsorship, Michael Peresso Jr, director of the company that operates Eurosport, expressed his satisfaction that Eurosport is assisting this prestigious competition aimed at improving journalism in the country, in particular in the field of sport.

The Chairman of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, Malcolm J. Naudi, said it was a natural choice for the leading local company in the field of sports equipment and sportswear to sponsor the sports journalism category in the Malta Journalism Awards, which comprise eight categories. He augured that the strong connection that has so far been built between Eurosport and the awards should continue in the years ahead to the benefit of both sides.

Apart from the Sports Journalism category, the firm Michele Peresso Ltd also offers vouchers to the winners of all eight categories in the Malta Journalism Awards.

Final preparations are currently in hand, with the winners being announced in a ceremony on Monday, November 1.

 


Press Release 10/2004
Date: 16 October 2004

Malta Journalism Awards

BROADCASTING AUTHORITY AGAIN SPONSORS BROADCAST JOURNALISM CATEGORY

For the second consecutive year, the Broadcasting Authority is to sponsor the two Broadcast Journalism categories, Broadcast Film and Broadcast Script, in the annual Malta Journalism Awards.

The awards, organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), are now in their 14th edition and are increasing in popularity, attracting greater interest from both journalists and an ever growing number of sponsors. Their financial assistance enables this annual event to raise its level from year to year.

Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Said Pullicino expressed satisfaction that the Broadcasting Authority, which, according to the Constitution, ensures balanced broadcasting, in particular broadcast news, is helping these prestigious awards, which aim to promote best practices in journalism in the country. He was presenting the BA’s sponsorship for the awards to IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi.

Judge Said Pullicino said broadcasting is a delicate field and all those who operate in it should be aware of their huge obligations and responsibilities not only to follow the laws of the land but to respect their viewers and listeners. He augured that the awards would continue to help increase the level of broadcast journalism in Malta.

Mr Naudi said it was natural that the authority that is obliged to ensure balanced broadcasting of a high level should sponsor the Broadcast Journalism category in the MJA, which has eight categories.

The work of journalists and broadcasters was vital in the country, Mr Naudi said, demanding great commitment and preparation. This is why the Institute of Maltese Journalists is constantly making an effort to raise the level of journalism in the country. The Malta Journalism Awards are a means to achieve this aim. He augured that the links between the BA and the awards would continue in the years ahead to the benefit of both sides.

The submissions are currently being judged by a jury who are competent in the field. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on Monday, November 1.


Press Release 9/2004

30th September 2004

IGM happy to work with institutions to bring them closer to the media

IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi yesterday (Thursday) said the Institute of Maltese Journalists is happy to work with other institutions to bring them closer to the media.
Mr Naudi was speaking at a reception on Thursday (September 28) organised for the media by the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) in association with the IGM.

“One of the three fundamental goals of the IGM is professionalisation and it is through such activities and others, like the Malta Journalism Awards, that it seeks to ensure that due credit is given to the journalism profession,” Mr Naudi said.

The MUMN, which is celebrating its eighth anniversary, in a separate statement, recognised the importance of the journalism profession and the work it carries out even in difficult and delicate circumstances.

The MUMN is undertaking the task of representing the valid trade union interests of its members and this it must do by using all the modern methods of communication available, including the mass media.


24th September 2004

This is the list of the finalists of the 14th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards:

Print Journalism – 
Lino Bugeja,
Herman Grech,
Ariadne Massa.

Press Photography – 
Michael Ellul,
Rene Rossignaun,
Darren Zammit Lupi.

Broadcast Script – 
Roderick Agius,
Claudette Baldacchino,
Julia Farrugia,

Sports Journalism – 
Lino Bugeja,
Robert Cutajar,
Christian Micallef.

Travel Journalism – 
Sarah Punten Galea,
Elvin Scicluna,
Corinne Vella.

Cartoons – 
Maurice Tanti Burlo’.

Broadcast Film – 
Tonio Darmanin,
Elvin Scicluna.

E-Journalism –
Charlotte Bonavia,
Paul Cachia,
Charlot Zahra.

The final ceremony will be held on the 1st November 2004.


Press Release 8/2004
Date: 2 September 2004

NEW LOGO FOR INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS LAUNCHED

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) is launching a new logo to complement the change in name last February from The Malta Press Club. The logo (visible on this website) was designed by cartoonist Maurice Tanti Burlò, who is a member of the Institute and a winner on several occasions of the Malta Journalism Awards.

The technical setting was done by art director Etienne Lentini on behalf of BPC International. Both Mr Tanti Burlò and BPC International offered their services free of charge, and the Council of the Institute thanks them wholeheartedly for this.

“It was fitting that the logo of the Institute of Maltese Journalists should be totally Maltese. So, both its colours, design, as well as the words themselves had to communicate this message at first glance,” Mr Tanti Burlò said.

He explained that at first the logo with the initials was designed on a piece of red cardboard from which the design of half the Maltese Cross was cut out, but the design evolved so that the half-Maltese Cross has now been filled with white, the other colour of the Maltese flag. The new logo also has the name of the Institute, both in Maltese as well as in English.

“The temptation was great to design something more avant garde, more original, that evokes an image of Maltese journalism. However, after many sketches, I decided to go for a more simple, classic design,” Mr Tanti Burlò concluded.


2nd June 2004

THE INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS LAUNCHES
MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IMJ) launched the 14th edition of the annual press competition with a new category sponsored by Emirates while confirming all the other sponsors. As from last year, the competition is called the MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS.

The details were announced today by IMJ chairman Malcolm J. Naudi, general secretary Joe A Vella, and Malta Journalism Awards’ project team coordinator Mario Schiavone.

The number of categories has further increased from seven to eight.

– Another new category covers Travel Journalism.

The prize fund has also been increased.

Each and every category is sponsored by a different and major sponsor. Emirates Airlines are sponsoring the new category on Travel Journalism while BPC retained the sponsorship of the prestigious Gold Award.

These Awards are usually held to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May. The Council of the Institute of Maltese Journalists explained that this edition’s regulations are being announced later on this year for two particular reasons: The Institute had to go through the change of name with all the consequences this brings with it and Maltese journalists had to focus on another major and very significant events this year – namely the EU Election Campaign and eventual elections and the Institute of Maltese Journalists had to set up a team to organise the occasion.

The MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS are open to all journalists in Malta and Gozo, whether they are members of The Malta Press Club or not, who during the Year 2003 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 2003 and 31st December 2003.

Apart from the journalist himself/herself, Editors and Heads of News Departments may select and submit entries of what they consider to be the best work of their respective individual journalist/s. Submissions can also be forwarded by organisations, corporations and bodies. In both cases, consent has to be given by the individual journalist/s concerned by filling the appropriate part on the Official Application Form prior to submission of entry by Editor, Head of News Department, or organisations/corporations/bodies.

The categories together with the respective sponsors are:

Category Sponsor:

Print Journalism – HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.

Press Photography – The Farsons Foundation

Press Cartoons – Malta International Airport

e-Journalism – HP

Sport Journalism – Michele Peresso Limited

Broadcast Script Journalism – Broadcasting Authority

Broadcast Film Journalism – Broadcasting Authority

Travel Journalism – Emirates Airline (New Category)

Il-Lingwa Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu – Akkademja tal-Malti (and supported by the Ministry of Education)

Gold Award BPC – Seventh Edition

Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu will be also sponsoring part of the prizes in all submission categories.

A lot of voluntary commitment goes into organising the MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS on professional lines.

The Council of the Institutes of Maltese Journalists expects and is further encouraging journalists to submit their best work.

The Council would like to see substantial improvement in both the broadcast categories and the press cartoons category.

An overall marked improvement has been noted over the years in the submissions for the Print Journalism, Press Photography and Sport Journalism categories. These categories have now become showcases of the good standard being achieved by Maltese journalism.

Submissions

Each entry shall consist of three totally different submissions (each submission dealing with a totally different subject) participating in the same Category. Entries may cover any subject including investigative/hard news, social issues, economic and financial matters, services and manufacture industries, Malta-EU issues, sports, and cultural affairs.

All journalists participate as individuals, except in the Sports Journalism Category. Sports journalists in Malta can submit their respective print, radio or television entries in this category.

Entries in all categories shall be handed in to the MALTA JOURNALISTM AWARDS Secretariat, Institute of Maltese Journalists, 104 Old Mint Street, Valletta on 24 and 25 June between 6.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Regulations and applications may be obtained either from the Institute of Maltese Journalists P.O. Box 21 GPO Marsa or from this website (click here) as from Monday 7th June 2004.

Prizes:

Certificates will be presented to each Finalist.

The winner of the Print Journalism, Press Photography, Press Cartoons, Sports Journalism, Broadcast Script Journalism, Broadcast Film Journalism, e-Journalism AND Travel Journalism categories will each be awarded:

a) a cash prize of Lm150;
b) a Lm50 book voucher sponsored by Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu;
c) a Lm70 voucher sponsored by Michele Peresso, operators of Eurosport, and
d) the Malta Journalism Awards trophy, designed by Maltese artist Luciano Micallef, for that respective category.

The winner of the special category entitled Il-Lingwa Maltija fil-Gurnalizmu will be presented with the Malta Journalism Award trophy for that category.

Gold Award – 6th Edition

During the press conference, The Institute of Maltese Journalists launched the seventh edition of the Gold Award.

The aim of the Gold Award is to honour in their lifetime those who have given more than a significant contribution to journalism through a lifelong of commitment which goes beyond the call of normal journalistic duty.

The closing date for Gold Award nominations is Friday 27th August 2004 so that more time will be available to submit the researched material needed to sustain each nomination.


Press Release 06/2004
Date: 4 June 2004

INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS DISPLEASED
AT INCIDENT INVOVING ITS MEMBER

The Council of the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) has noted the complaint raised by one of its members who felt she was badly treated by Nationalist Party officials while on duty at a press conference at PN headquarters.

The IGM notes with displeasure such incidents, independently of who commits them, particularly in the thick of an election campaign.

IGM Council members held a cordial meeting with a PN official in recent days to hear the other party. The Council has prepared a report and is to continue to work to find a solution to this complaint.


Press Release 4/2004
Date: 3 May 2004

THE INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS COMMEMORATES
WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

May 3 marks the annual World Press Freedom Day, commemorated by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). World Press Freedom Day 2004 is dedicated to media in conflict areas and in countries in transition.

In his message for this year’s commemoration, UNESCO director-general Koïchiro Matsuura said: “This year’s chosen theme is tragically fitting in view of the fatalities and injuries suffered by media professionals reporting on armed conflicts.

“Sadly, each year a number of journalists lose their lives in the course of pursuing their profession. It is the duty of authorities everywhere to respect the media’s right to work in conditions of reasonable safety”.

He added: “In such situations, the media’s work to provide independent and trustworthy information can contribute significantly to processes of reconstruction and reconciliation.

“In times of upheaval, disorder and uncertainty, people’s need for reliable information is especially great – their ability to access provisions, and sometimes their personal safety and very survival, may depend on it”.

On it part the International Federation of Journalists – of which the Institute of Maltese Journalists is a member – has called for justice, safety and solidarity and, in particular, international action to investigate the unexplained killings of journalists in Iraq.

“The shadow of injustice and question marks over the killing of 11 journalists and media staff in the Iraq conflict hangs over the world of journalism today,” the IFJ said in a statement.

“The grotesque term ‘friendly fire’ cannot hide the reality that media staff have been cut down and no credible, independent investigations have taken place. It is an affront to democracy.

“The IFJ has issued a report – Justice Denied on the Road to Baghdad – about seven killings, most at the hands of American troops during and immediately after the Iraq war. A further four media killings, again by US soldiers, have taken place in recent weeks.

“All of these deaths must be properly and independently investigated,” the IFJ said. “If not, the suspicion of gross negligence or, worse, targeting of media staff will remain.”

The Institute of Maltese Journalists joins fellow professional organisations worldwide in commemorating World Press Freedom Day 2004. Although thankfully no journalists have been killed in Malta, there have been various instances of physical harassment of journalists throughout the years.

Since 2001, a total of ten cases of physical assault against journalists were reported to the Institute of Maltese Journalists. Many more have gone unreported.

Unfortunately, most of these crimes committed against journalists in Malta during the exercise of their duties either went unpunished, or the assailants were meted out derisory punishments.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists calls again on the authorities to issue stiffer punishments against perpetrators of these crimes, as well as to afford better protection to journalists in hotspots where such incidents occurred in the past, such as the Law Courts and during public meetings.

The 2004 edition of the Malta Journalism Awards, usually held on 3 May to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, will be launched later this year.


Stqarrija numru: 03/2004
Data: 20 ta’ April 2004

KUNSILL GDID GHALL-ISTITUT TAL-GURNALISTI MALTIN

Thabbru l-karigi ufficjali tal-Kunsill il-gdid ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) – li qabel kien The Malta Press Club. Malcolm J. Naudi kien konfermat Chairman ghall-2004, waqt li Joe A Vella u Mario Schiavone huma s-Segretarju Generali u t-Tezorier rispettivament.
Charlot Zahra se jkompli fil-kariga ta’ Segretarju Edukazzjoni u Informazzjoni. It-tliet membri l-ohra fil-Kunsill huma Roderick Agius, Joe Cordina u Julia Farrugia, li qed iservu fil-Kunsill ghall-ewwel darba.

L-elezzjoni ghall-membri tal-Kunsill il-gdid tal-IGM saret waqt il-Laqgha Generali Annwali li saret fl-ahhar ta’ Frar. Il-hatriet il-godda kienu konfermati f’laqgha tal-Kunsill li saret ftit tal-jiem ilu.

Il-Laqgha Generali Annwali approvat il-bidla ta’ l-isem minn The Malta Press Club ghal Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM), li bl-Ingliz tinqara Institute of Maltese Journalists (IMJ).
Ic-Chairman Malcolm J. Naudi qal: “Ghall-ewwel darba fl-istorja tieghu, il-Kunsill huwa maghmul minn seba’ membri, li tlieta minnhom huma godda. Din hija l-akbar xhieda tal-fiducja li l-gurnalisti Maltin ghandhom fil-hidma ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin”.

Huwa fisser ukoll kif l-IMJ se jahdem bis-shih biex jikseb l-aqwa beneficcji possibbli ghall-gurnalisti Maltin mis-shubija tieghu fil-Federazzjoni Internazzjonali tal-Gurnalisti (International Federation of Journalists — IFJ).

Il-Kunsill il-gdid diga’ beda l-hidma ghall-organizzazzjoni tal-15-il edizzjoni tal-Malta Journalism Awards (MJA), li mistennija tittella’ aktar tard din is-sena.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin huwa membru-fundatur ta’ l-Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE) li kienet twaqqfet fl-1998. L-IGM hu wkoll membru-fundatur ta’ l-International Association of Press Clubs li twaqqfet fl-2002.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin kien strumentali biex twaqqfu kemm il-Kummissjoni ta’ l-Etika Gurnalistika (1991), kif ukoll il-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu (1999).

L-IGM se jaghlaq 15-il sena mit-twaqqif tieghu f’Novembru ta’ din is-sena.


Press Release 2/2004
Date: 10 March 2004

INSTITUTE OF MALTESE JOURNALISTS PAYS TRIBUTE
TO ITS FOUNDER CHAIRMAN

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IMJ), formerly The Malta Press Club (TMPC), would like to place on record the huge contribution Anthony Montanaro made throughout his long lifetime to Maltese journalism – and the IMJ in particular.

While still Editor of The Sunday Times in 1989, he was a founder member and the first Chairman of The Malta Press Club. He served as Chairman continuously until 1998.

During this time, TMPC set about building the structure of a national association of journalists. In 1990, with the support of BPC International, TMPC instituted the BPC Awards to Journalists, today known as the Malta Journalism Awards.

In 1992, Mr Montanaro drafted a Memorandum to the Political Parties that was unanimously approved by TMPC Council and submitted to all political parties in Malta. During 1994 and 1995, together with Carmel Bonello, he worked on the draft Press Act, which became law the following year. This was the legal instrument that brought about fundamental changes to the press law in Malta, including the introduction of the Confidentiality of the Source to the local statute book.

Mr Montanaro was made Honorary Life President of The Malta Press Club in 1999. In 2002 The Malta Press Club honoured him with the Gold Award for lifetime achievement.

He will long be remembered for his long-sighted, clear thinking, and the leadership qualities that inspired those who worked with him on the various committees he led.

The Council and all members of The Institute of Maltese Journalists express their condolences to his wife Frances, sons, daughter and grandchildren.


Stqarrija numru: 01/2004
Data: 2 ta’ Marzu 2004

PROPOSTA BIEX JINBIDEL ISEM THE MALTA PRESS CLUB

Il-Kunsill ta’ The Malta Press Club se jressaq emenda ghad-diskussjoni fil-Laqgha Annwali Generali li se ssir nhar il-Gimgha, 5 ta’ Marzu, 2004, fis-7.00 pm fl-ufficcju ta’ TMPC, 104, Triq Zekka l-Qadima, il-Belt, biex l-isem tieghu jinbidel ghal Malta Institute of Journalists.

“L-iskop wara din l-emenda huwa biex, fost ragunijiet ohra, The Malta Press Club ikun konformi max-xewqat ta’ ghaqdiet internazzjonali imsieheb fihom”, stqarr is-Sur Joe A Vella, Segretarju ta’ TMPC.

“Hija x-xewqa tal-club ukoll li ghall-kumitat jippartecipaw iktar gurnalisti nisa minhabba z-zieda ta’ din il-kategorija ta’ haddiema fil-media lokali”, kompla jghid is-Sur Vella.

Il-Kunsill ta’ The Malta Press Club qed iheggeg lill-membri jattendu ghal-laqgha.


Prime Minister, Opposition leader to address EU journalists in Malta

Event: Broadening Horizons: Enlargement Seminars for Journalists
Malta: Business and Employment
Organised by the European Journalism Centre in conjunction with The Malta Press Club

Date: 28-29 January 2004

Venue: Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema

Time: 0900 – 1800

Main Speakers: 28 January

0900 – Opening ceremony
Welcoming address by Malcolm J. Naudi, The Malta Press Club Chairman, and Co-ordinator of the Seminar. He will be assisted by Joe A. Vella, Secretary, TMPC

0905 – Welcome to the EU
A representative of the EU delegation in Malta

0915 – Malta’s future as a EU member
The Hon. Dr Eddie Fenech Adami, Prime Minister
The Hon. Dr Alfred Sant, Leader of the Malta Labour Party & the Opposition

29 January

1715 – Closing session
President Guido de Marco

Notes for editors:

Journalists are invited to attend the whole seminar, not just for the keynote speeches.

Broadening Horizons: Enlargement Seminars for Journalists
Malta: Business and Employment
Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema – Malta – January 28-30, 2004

The programme:

Wednesday, January 28

0900 – Opening ceremony – Welcoming address by Malcolm J. Naudi, The Malta Press Club Chairman, and Co-ordinator of the Seminar. He will be assisted by Joe A. Vella, Secretary, TMPC.

0905 – Welcome to the EU
A representative of the EU delegation in Malta.

0915 – Malta’s future as a EU member
The Hon. Dr Eddie Fenech Adami, Prime Minister.
The Hon. Dr Alfred Sant, Leader of the Malta Labour Party & the Opposition.

1015 – Coffee Break

1045 – The Euro: A tough task ahead
Mr Michael C. Bonello, Governor of the Central Bank

1125 – Sustainable Development in European Malta
Mr Martin Scicluna, Executive President ‘Din l-Art Helwa’

1215 – Lunch Break

1400 – How to Save our Shipyards
Mr. John Cassar White, Chairman Malta Shipyards Ltd.

1440 – The role of the Private Sector
Mr Karm Farrugia, Leading Economist

1520 – Seeking Synergies in a EU scenario (1)
Ms Helga Ellul, managing Director Brand Int.;

1600 – Coffee Break

1630 – Seeking Synergies in a EU scenario (2)
Mr Godfrey Swain, Head of Group Marketing & PR (HSBC), Mr Louis Farrugia, Group Chief Executive, Simonds Farsons Cisk P.L.C.

1715 – Close

2000 – Dinner

Thursday, January 29

0900 – Continuing the discussion
Mr Malcolm J. Naudi, Seminar Co-Ordinator

0910 – New Challenges in Business and Employment
Dr Joe Borg, Foreign Minister (tbc)
Mr Evarist Bartolo, Opposition Spokesman European Affairs

1015 – Coffee Break

1045 – Small countries with a voice in the EU
Dr Harry Vassallo, chairman Alternattiva Demokratika (The Green Party)

1125 – ‘Open Corridors’
Mr Frans Camilleri, Group Head Strategies (Air Malta)

1200 – Lunch Break

1400 – The Media under a new environment
Mr. Lawrence Grech, Editor, The Sunday Times

1440 – Malta’s MPs influence in the EU Parliament
Dr Arnold Cassola, Alternattiva Demokratika and Secretary European Green Parties

1500 – The effects of EU membership on Malta’s political system
Dr Roderick Pace, Chairman European Movement

1600 – 1600 Break

1620 – Malta in the EU Lisbon agenda
Prof. Edward J. Scicluna, PhD, MA, BA (Hons) Econ.

1715 – Closing session – President Guido de Marco

2000 hours – Reception at Villa Parisio, hosted by HE President Professor Guido Demarco, as guests of the Strickland Foundation.

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