Press Release archive- 2009,2008 & 2007

Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 5 ta Novembru 2009

DISKRIMINAZZJONI MAL-GURNALISTI FIL-KAZ TAL-ARCTIC SEA

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) jaghmel referenza ghall-kaz tal-“MV Artic Sea” fejn jidher li kien hemm diskriminazzjoni sfaccata il-konfront tal-midja Maltija mill-awtoritajiet responsabbli hekk kif fuq il-vapur thalliet titla’ biss “gurnalista”.

L-IGM – wara li rcieva numru ta’ ilmenti fuq dak li gara – indaga l-kaz.

Dawn huma l-fatti:
Minkejja li l-operazzjoni fuq il-vapur ‘MV Arctic Sea’ kienet wahda ‘top secret’, din is-suppost gurnalista bl-isem ta’ Josienne Facchetti – rnexxielha mhux biss tiehu ritratti tal-operazzjoni, izda bil-barka tal-Awtoritajiet ittellghet abbord il-vapur u dawn ir-ritratti spiccaw ghand gurnal lokali.

Izda fl-istess hin dawk li mexxew l-operazzjoni baqghu jichdu li kien hemm din il-gurnalista abbord il-vapur. Minkejja l-provi kollha bir-ritratti, li gew akkreditati lil din il-‘gurnalista’, jekk fil-fatt hi gurnalista, Josienne Facchetti, ufficjali gholjin mill-Awtorità Marittima Maltija (MMA) waqt konferenza tal-ahbarijiet dak in-nhar li l-vapur dahal fil-Port il-Kbir – baqghu jichdu li kien hemm Facchetti tiehu r-ritratti fuq il-vapur waqt l-operazzjoni.

L-IGM huwa infurmat li Facchetti giet imqabbda ufficjalment mid-Dipartiment tal-Protezzjoni Civili biex issegwi l-operazzjoni u tiehu r-ritratti ghall-Protezzjoni Civili BISS u wara taghmel rapport ghad-Dipartiment tal-Protezzjoni Civili u ghall-MMA BISS.

Imma minkejja li Facchetti tqabbdet minn Dipartiment li jaqa’ taht il-Ministeru ghall-Gustizzja u l-Intern, u ghalhekk thallset minn flus il-poplu, giet agevolata biss gazzetta wahda lokali.

Dak in-nhar, il-membri tal-Protezzjoni Civili u tal-MMA telghu fuq il-vapur u flimkien maghhom ittellghet ukoll Facchetti li hadet ir-ritratti. Prezenti ukoll ghal din l-operazzjoni kien hemm ufficjali mill-MMA, mill-FAM, Pulizija kif ukoll tim mediku bhala prekawzjoni.

L-operazzjoni ta’ spezzjoni tal-MV Artic Sea kienet wahda sigrieta. Tant hu hekk li meta l-lanca ‘Garibaldi’ tad-Dipartiment tal-Protezzjoni Civili marret fuq il-post fejn suppost kellhom jiltaqghu mal-‘MV Arctic Sea’ biex jibdew jispezzjonawh, il-vapur ma kienx hemm.

Ftit tal-hin wara tfacca l-vapur tal-gwerra Russu l-‘RFS Ladny 801’ li dderiega lill-Maltin ghal fejn kellhom jiltaqghu mal-‘Arctic Sea’. Huma waslu hdejn l-‘Arctic Sea’ madwar tliet sieghat wara.

L-IGM ghalhekk qed jitlob pubblikament lid-Dipartiment tal-Protezzjoni Civili biex jinvestiga ghala persuna li tqabbdet minnu tat ir-ritratti lil gazzetta lokali biss u jekk dan sarx bil-permess tad-Dipartiment tal-Protezzjoni Civili.

L-IGM qed jitlob ukoll spjegazzjoni ghala l-Awtoritajiet koncernati baqghu jahbu l-verità maghrufa mill-kumplament tal-midja Maltija li din telghet fuq il-vapur meta mar-ritratt kien ippubblikat isimha.

L-IGM jistaqsi jekk Facchetti ghadditx hi personali dawn ir-ritratti lill-gurnal The Times jew jekk inghatawx dawn ir-ritratti mid-Dipartiment tal-Protezzjoni Civili jew l-MMA biex il-kumplament tal-midja Maltija giet diskriminata?

Ghaliex l-ufficjali gholja tal-Awtorità Marittima Maltija mhux biss zammew hafna informazzjoni sigrieta imma cahdu l-verità maghrufa bil-provi permezz ta’ ritratti, li Facchetti kienet abbord il-vapur Arctic Sea waqt operazzjoni ‘klassifikata’?

Tmiem/


IGM Press Release

Date: 3 September 2009

MALTESE JOURNALISTS SUPPORT EFJ CONDEMNATION OF BERLUSCONI’S “MEDIA VENDETTA”

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the regional group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has accused Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi of putting press freedom to the sword by launching a legal vendetta against media at home and abroad for reporting on his troubled personal life.

“It’s understandable that Prime Minister Berlusconi wants to keep his colourful personal life out of the headlines,” said Aidan White, IFJ and EFJ General Secretary.

“But he puts press freedom at risk by trying to use the law to intimidate journalists and to stifle media reporting.”

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IG.M), the Malta affiliate of the IFJ and the EFJ, associates itself fully with this statement.

The EFJ says that Berlusconi often used his power as both media magnate and political leader to intimidate media and individual journalists, but this time he “has stepped over a line by trying to stifle embarrassing but legitimate journalism at both home and abroad.”

On 28 August 2009, Berlusconi sued the daily “La Repubblica” simply for having publicly asked him ten questions. At the same time, the daily “Il Giornale” owned by the Berlusconi family is attacking the catholic paper “Avvenire”.

Moreover, Berlusconi is suing French weekly “Le Nouvel Observateur”, and reports say his lawyers are looking into the possibility to sue British papers – including the ones owned by his former “friend” Rupert Murdoch.

All of this follows intense media interest in his personal life including his divorce and controversy surrounding his relationships with young women.

“What happened is incredible,” said Franco Siddi, President of the IFJ affiliate Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana (FNSI).

“This complaint against La Repubblica and the attack on Avvenire are evidence of spectacular intimidation of media or journalists who ask questions, express opinions or even discuss the influence of Berlusconi’s private life in politics. He should know that in democracy there are limits to his power,” Siddi insisted.

The EFJ says Berlusconi’s onslaught against the press over his personal behaviour is unacceptable, in Italy or elsewhere. The attack on Avvenire, a respectable newspaper of the church, has added to public indignation over his actions, which many observers believe damage his international reputation.

The EFJ is backing the FNSI in their demands for Berlusconi and his political allies to respect independent and free media in Italy.

“Journalists and media must stand firm in defence of the principles of press freedom and quality journalism,” said White. “And particularly so when the threat comes from the most powerful politician in the land.”

The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists in over 30 European countries


Press Release
Date: 31 July 2009

URGENT: IGM ACCEPTS PEC RESIGNATION

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) has accepted the resignation letter of the Chairman and Members of the Press Ethics Commission with immediate effect. A copy of the resignation letter is being attached with this press release.

Commenting on the PEC’s resignation letter, IGM Chairman Malcolm J Naudi said: “It is with great reluctance that I have had to accept the letter of resignation of the Press Ethics Commission (PEC), so soon after it was appointed.

“I believe that this was a valid team of individuals, who could make a great contribution to the journalism profession. The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) understands that the situation was untenable but it does not have the means to investigate whether this was brought about by the interception of an e-mail or through the deliberate action of a PEC member to make a draft decision available to one of the parties in a complaint.

“Since no member of the PEC offered to admit having passed on the information, and resigning, it was impossible to ask the journalist involved to reveal the source. This goes against the very tenets of press freedom that the IGM has striven to protect.
“When the IGM Council asked Charles Flores to clarify his position, he assured the Council that he was prepared to take an affidavit stating that he obtained the information from another source and not from a PEC member.

“Despite this, Mr Flores has offered to resign from the IGM Council, and his resignation will be discussed at the next IGM Council meeting.

“The IGM is committed to ensure that this vital organ will continue to function and will make an announcement on a new Commission as soon as possible,” Mr Naudi concluded.

Ends/

Click here to see the letter of resignation: Page 1 Page 2


 

Media Release
Date: 24 June 2009

IGM SUPPORTS IFJ CALL FOR SAFETY OF IRANIAN JOURNALISTS

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the Iranian authorities to guarantee the safety and freedom of all journalists attempting to cover events in Iran following reports of journalists being arrested and union leaders going into hiding over the weekend.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), as the local affiliate for the IFJ/EFJ, has associated itself with the IFJ’s statement on the issue.

IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said: “The Iranian authorities must immediately release all imprisoned journalists and send a clear signal that journalists are to be allowed to work freely and without fear of arrest or intimidation.

“We are particularly concerned about the fate of Ali Mazrooei, Chair of the Association of Iranian Journalists,” White insisted.

According to reports, Mazrooei and other leaders of the Association, an affiliate of the IFJ, went into hiding following the arrests of journalists and demonstrators over the weekend.

Newsweek correspondent, Maziar Bahari, was arrested on Sunday, while John Leyne, BBC Tehran correspondent, had to leave the country.

Further reports suggest that up to ten Iranian journalists had been arrested and many others have gone into hiding.

Several foreign journalists such as Mikel Ayestarán from Spanish daily ABC had left the country after the refusal of the authorities to extend their temporary visas.

These developments followed widespread restrictions on foreign media in Iran and the closing of many websites by the authorities.

For more information, contact + 32 2 235 22 07

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 24 ta’ Gunju 2009

DELEGAZZJONI TAL-IGM TILTAQA’ MAL-PRESIDENT TA’ MALTA

Delegazzjoni tal-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) immexxija minn Malcolm J Naudi, Cerpersin u Joe A Vella, Segretarju, ricentement ghamlet zjara ta’ kortesija lill-President ta’ Malta l-Avukat George Abela.

Matul il-laqgha kordjali hafna, li damet aktar minn nofs siegha u li saret fil-Palazz tal-President, il-Belt, ic-Cerpersin tal-Istitut fisser lill-President Abela il-hidma tal-IGM fuq it-tliet oqsma li fuqha jahdem l-Istitut – l-edukazzjoni , l-etika u l-professjonalizmu.

Il-Kunsill tal-IGM informah ukoll dwar l-izviluppi li sehhew ricentement fi hdan l-Istitut, bil-hatra tal-Kummissjoni ghall-Etika Gurnalistika (KEG) gdida mmexxija mill-Professur Kevin Aqulina, eks-Kap Ezekuttiv tal-Awtorita’ tax-Xandir.

Ic-Cerpersin stieden lill-President Abela sabiex fi tmiem il-mandat tieghu hames snin ohra, huwa jkompli ukoll fit-tradizzjoni tal-Gold Award sa mit-twaqqwif tieghu fl-1998 u jmexxi l-Bord tal-Gold Award, li jinghata lil dawk il-persuni li ddistingwew ruhhom fil-qadi ta’ dmirjiethom fil-professjoni gurnalistika.

Min-naha tieghu, il-President Abela wera ruhu informat sewwa dwar il-hidma tal-IGM, specjalment fil-qasam tal-etika gurnalistika. Abela sahaq li l-gurnalizmu ghandu jkun veritier, minghajr ma jhalli l-agendi personali tieghu ixekkluh.

Barra minn hekk, huwa wera ruhu dispost li jkompli mat-tradizzjoni tal-Gold Award u fl-2014, fi tmiem il-mandat tieghu, jmexxi l-gurija tal-Gold Award ukoll bhalma ghamlu it-tliet Presidenti ta’ qablu – Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, Guido de Marco u Eddie Fenech Adami.

Fl-istess waqt, il-Kunsill tal-IGM ipprezenta lill-President Abela kopja tal-ktieb tal-Imhallef Giovanni Bonello “When Judges Dissent”, li gie ppubblikat is-sena l-ohra mill-IGM bil-ghanjuna ta’ The Strickland Foundation. Dan il-ktieb huwa gabra tas-sentenzi tal-Qorti Ewropea tad-Drittijiet tal-Bniedem li maghhom l-Imhallef Bonello ma qabilx matul iz-zmien tal-hatra tieghu fil-Qorti ta’ Strasburgu, u esprima opinjoni ta’ dissent. Il-ktieb jista’ jinkiseb minghand l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin fuq institute.of.maltese.journalists@gmail.com

Id-delegazzjoni tal-IGM kienet tikkonsisti ukoll mill-Deputat Segretarju Generali Charlot Zahra, it-Tezorier Mario Schiavone, id-Deputat Tezorier Keith Demicoli, u c-cerpersin tal-Bord ta Studji tal-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni u membru tal-Kunsill Charles Flores.


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 21 ta’ Gunju, 2009

L-IGM JIKKUNDANNA L-AGGRESSJONI FUQ MEMBRU TAL-MEDIA

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) jikkundanna l-aggressjoni li sehhet kmieni s-Sibt filghodu fuq il-media executive tal-Partit Laburista u eks- gurnalist Charlon Gouder.

Dan specjalment meta kien fil-mistrieh tieghu ma’ martu f’post ta’ divertiment.

“Dawn l-attakki ghandhom bzonn jieqfu darba ghal dejjem,” stqarr Malcolm J. Naudi, cermen tal-IGM. “Nies li jahdmu mal-media m’ghandhomx ikunu fil-mira ta’ attakki vjolenti fizici.”

L-Istitut ghandu politika li dejjem jikkundanna attakki vjolenti fuq nies li ghandhom x’jaqsmu mal-media.


 

 

Discrimination

Words raising awareness: EU journalist competition on discrimination and diversity

Brussels, 12 June 2009 – 15% of Europeans believe they have been discriminated against – one good reason for the European Commission to launch for the sixth year running its “For Diversity. Against Discrimination.” journalist competition. The award is open to both print and online journalists. It showcases the talents of media professionals who, through their writing, contribute to a better understanding of the benefits of diversity and tackling discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or ethnic origin. This year’s award includes a special category for articles focusing on the link between poverty and discrimination.

15% of Europeans believe they have been discriminated against – one good reason for the European Commission to launch for the sixth year running its “For Diversity. Against Discrimination.” journalist competition. The award is open to both print and online journalists. It showcases the talents of media professionals who, through their writing, contribute to a better understanding of the benefits of diversity and tackling discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or ethnic origin. This year’s award includes a special category for articles focusing on the link between poverty and discrimination.

“Discrimination represents a waste of talent and a denial of fundamental rights,” said Vladimír Špidla, EU Commissioner for Equal Opportunities. “Now is not the moment to let up on our efforts to tackle this scourge. On the contrary, we need all of our human resources to overcome the crisis and put Europe’s economy back on the right track. This award, now in its sixth year, helps to raise awareness of people’s right to equal treatment while showcasing journalistic talent in Europe.”

The competition is aimed at journalists in the EU who, through their work, contribute to a better understanding of the benefits of diversity and the fight against discrimination. It is part of the European Commission’s “For Diversity. Against Discrimination.”

communication campaign which promotes diversity and better information about discrimination rights throughout Europe. The award is organised in partnership with the Association of European Journalists, European Youth Press, and the European Journalism Centre. Last year the joint winners came from Le Monde in France and Danish national daily, Jyllands-Posten. The recently published Media4Diversity study has cited the Journalist Award as a good practice example which demonstrates “the power of incentives from the policy-making community through initiatives – and parallel funding measures”.

Articles published between 30 November 2008 and 31 August 2009 in either print or online media within the EU are eligible for the competition. Entries can be submitted on http://journalistaward.stop-discrimination.info. At the end of the entry period, national juries will gather in all 27 EU Member States to select the winning articles. A European jury will then choose the three best articles and the overall European Journalist Award winner from the 27 national winners. The winner of the 1st prize will receive €4,500, the runner-up and the winner of the 3rd prize €3,000 and €2,000 respectively.

As in previous years, a special award will also be given. This year, ahead of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, articles focusing on discrimination and poverty will be awarded. To be considered for this special award, the articles must focus either on how discrimination based on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation can lead to poverty or how poverty can lead to discrimination. The winner of the Special Award will be rewarded with €2,500.

The European Commission is determined to eradicate discrimination in all its guises. The Journalist Award is one of several EU initiatives to promote a change of attitudes and behaviour in pursuit of this important goal.

For further information
http://journalistaward.stop-discrimination.info
http://www.stop-discrimination.info

Special Eurobarometer 296 : Discrimination in the European Union – Perceptions, Experiences and attitudes


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 3 ta’ Mejju 2009

MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS 2009:
JITHABBRU R-REBBIEHA TAD-19-IL EDIZZJONI

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) il-bierah filghaxija habbar il-gurnalisti rebbieha tad-19-il edizzjoni tal-Malta Journalism Awards f’cermonja li saret fil-Lukanda The Palace u li rat lill-kumpanija A.X Holdings tikkollabora ma’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin f’din l-attivita annwali li matulha jkunu ippremjati dawk li jahdmu fil-gurnalizmu.

Fl-istess cerimonja, gurija indipendenti ippreseduta milll-President Emeritus Dr. Edward Fenech Adami bhala Chairman, flimkien ma’ Dr. Clare Thake Vassallo u Dr. Carmen Sammut habbret lil Lino Spiteri bhala r-rebbieh tal-Gold Award.

Il-President Emeritus Dr. Edward Fenech Adami ipprezenta l-Gold Award lil Lino Spiteri. 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.

Fl-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), Pawlu Carachi (2005), Paul Saliba (2006), Lino Cassar (2007) u Dr. Joseph Micallef Stafrace (2008).

Gurija indipendenti ohra mahtura mill-IGM biex tevalwa l-Malta Journalism Awards, u li kienet maghmulha minn Dr. Anna Mallia bhala Chairman, is-Sur Mario Azzopardi, is-Sur Joseph Felice Pace, is-Sur Winston Azzopardi u s-Sur Gino Galea:

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Ahbarijiet – sponsorjata mill-HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Josef Camilleri, Kap tal-Public Affairs u CSR)

1. Ariadne Massa (The Times)
2. Charlot Zahra (MaltaToday)
3. Victor Vella (L-orizzont/It-Torca)

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features – sponsorjata minn Vodafone Malta Ltd
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Claudette Farrugia, Senior Executive – Corporate Affairs)

1. Charlot Zahra (MaltaToday)
2. Ariadne Massa (The Times)
3. Victor Vella (l-orizzont/It-Torca)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku – sponsorjata minn The Farsons Foundation
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Bryan A Gera, Chairman)

1. Michael Ellul (In-Nazzjon)
2. Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times)
3. Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)

Gurnalizmu dwar l-Ivvjaggar – sponsorjata minn Emirates Airline
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Paul Fleri Soler, Maniger ghal Malta u Cipru)

1. It-Tim ta’ Xarabank (PBS)
2. Alvin Scicluna (PBS)
3. Mario Micallef (PBS)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Skript Televiziv – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Pierre Cassar, Kap Ezekuttiv)

1. Reno Bugeja (PBS)
2. It-Tim ta’ Xarabank (PBS)
3. Basement Productions (Net TV)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Filmat Televisiv- sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Pierre Cassar, Kap Ezekuttiv)

1. Basement Productions (Net TV)
2. It-Tim ta’ Xarabank (PBS)
3. Keith Demicoli (PBS)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Radju – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Pierre Cassar, Kap Ezekuttiv)

1. Cynthia Zerafa (Radju RTK)
2. Reno Bugeja (Radju Malta)
3. Joyce Guillaumier (Campus FM)

Gurnalizmu Kulturali – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` Maltija tat-Turizmu
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Alexia Maggi, Senior Executive)

1. Alvin Scicluna (PBS)
2. Lino Bugeja (The Times)
3. Fiona Vella (It-Torca)

Gurnalizmu Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Fond ghall-Kawzi Gusti
(Trofew ipprezentat mill-Ministru tal-Finanzi, Ekonomija u l-Investiment Tonio Fenech)

1. Christian Micallef u George Micallef (Net TV)
2. Kevin Azzopardi (The Times)
3. Jeremy Dalli (Net TV)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Malta International Airport
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Julian Jaeger , Kap Ezekuttiv)

1. Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)
2. Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times)
3. Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times)

Gurnalizmu Elettroniku (e-Journalism) – sponsorjata minn SmartCity Malta
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Claudio Grech, Kap Ezekuttiv SmartCity Malta)

1. Christopher Scicluna (timesofmalta.com)
2. Paul Spiteri Lucas (timesofmalta.com)
3. Vanessa Macdonald (di-ve.com)

The George Sammut Opinion Article Award – sponsorjat mill-Familja Sammut
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Dr. Austin Sammut, rapprezentant tal-Familja Sammut)

1. Sarah Puntan Galea (The Economic Update)
2. Vanessa Macdonald (di-ve.com)
3. Lino Bugeja (The Times)

L-Ilsien Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu – Kategorija Specjali
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Mario Schiavone, Membru tal-Kunsill Nazzjonali ghall-Ilsien Malti)

1. Alvin Scicluna (PBS)

Il-Gurija hejjiet ukoll rapport dwar is-sottomissjonijiet u l-livell gurnalistiku taghhom (mehmuz ma’ din l-istqarrija).

Fis-serata finali tal-bierah inghata ghall-ewwel darba premju gdid peress li l-Unjoni Ewropea iddedikata din is-sena ghall-Innovazzjoni u l-Kreattivita. Kien ghalhekk gest f’waqtu – li l-Istutut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin mill-ewwel accetta – li l-Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni, Kultura, Zghazagh u Sport joffri l-Premju ghall-Kreattivita.

Il-guriji kienu mitluba biex waqt li jkunu qed jezaminaw ix-xoghlijiet sottomessi, jiehdu wkoll nota ta’ dan il-premju gdid u jaghmlu r-rakkomandazzjonijiet taghhom.

Il-gurija dehrilha li dan il-Premju kellu jinghata lil zewg xoghlijiet, wiehed miktub u iehor fotografiku; dak lil Ariadne Massa u lil Darrin Zammit Lupi rispettivament.

Tmiem


Press Release

29.4.2009

IGM deputy chairman wrongfully accused by PN MEP candidate

Julia Farrugia, deputy chairperson of the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) and a Mediatoday journalist, has filed a complaint with the IGM after she alleged that a Nationalist Party candidate for the European Parliament elections made serious allegations of professional misconduct against her, which she states are totally false.

Alan Deidun last Sunday sent a text message to Ms Farrugia in which he accused her of passing information that he had given her in confidence to Super 1 and of asking him “malicious questions” that were aimed at causing him political damage.

In her complaint, Ms Farrugia said that she felt the contents of the text message were an attack on her professional integrity as an independent journalist and could potentially jeopardise her employment.

On the basis of the information the IGM has in hand, it appears evident that Dr Deidun has overstepped the line. The IGM condemns this attack and, although this is taking place in the middle of an election campaign, this does not give a politician or public person any latitude to make such inapprorpiate accusations.

The Institute notes that Dr Deidun has since apologised in private to Ms Farrugia. However the IGM feels that since Ms Farrugia has made an official complaint the IGM’s views on this case should be made public.

Ms Farrugia subsequently made a complaint to the Nationalist Party, calling on it to take disciplinary action against Dr Deidun.

Meanwhile, the Institute expresses its support to Ms Farrugia following the garnishee order against her personally by the Federation of Hunting and Conservation (FKNK) in connection with a libel action in her newspaper Illum. The IGM feels that this action was totally uncalled for and unnecessary, and could be interpreted as harassment and a threat to independent journalism.


Valletta, 16 April, 2009

ENLARGED PRESS ETHICS COMMISSION HAS NEW CHAIRMAN

The Institute of Maltese Journalists today announced changes to the composition of the Press Ethics Commission – Malta (PEC), including a new chairman and an enlarged format for the commission.

Addressing a press conference at the IGM’s premises in Valletta, the institute’s chairman, Malcolm J. Naudi said that at its 2009 annual general meeting, the IGM had resolved to introduce changes to the PEC, following consultation with the outgoing chairman, Chief Justice Emeritus Professor Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici.

The institute approached Dr Kevin Aquilina, former chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority, to become the new chairman and then set about to invite a number of individuals to become members of the commission.
It was decided that there should be ten members, apart from the chairman (see bottom of this PR), and the PEC’s term should be for a period of one year, starting on 15 April 2009.

Mr Naudi thanked Chief Justice Emeritus Professor Mifsud Bonnici and the outgoing members of the PEC for their service. “Prof. Mifsud Bonnici has lent a high degree of credibility during his term as chairman of the PEC since 2001 both in Malta and internationally,” he added.

During this time, the IGM’s Code of Ethics was revised, new Rules of Procedure were adopted to clearly define how the Commission operates and the different steps adopted by the PEC during its handling of a complaint, and a website with frequently asked questions (FAQs) launched. This can be found at http://www.maltapressclub.org.mt/pec.html.

While introducing Dr Aquilina to the media, Mr Naudi said that his first task is to get the PEC working again, tackling a number of pending cases, but in the coming months it will be working on suggesting changes to the Code of Ethics for the IGM Council and members to approve, apart from indicating the way forward.

“I urge anyone contemplating making a complaint to the Commission to consider seriously the implications of their decision. Complainers have several options, including taking court action, and making a complaint to the PEC should not be seen as the cheaper option but the most effective one,” Mr Naudi said. All complaints to the PEC must be addressed to:

The Secretary

Press Ethics Commission – Malta

PO Box 21

Marsa GPO 01

Malta

The Press Ethics Commission can also be contacted via e-mail at pecmalta@gmail.com.

A Short Historical Overview of the PEC

Since its foundation, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) has endeavoured to upgrade journalism in Malta. Ethics, together with Education and Professionalisation, were identified as the three principles the IGM should pursue to achieve this objective.

In November 1991, following various meeting between the IGM (then known as The Malta Press Club) and the now defunct Institute of Broadcasters, a code of journalistic ethics was launched, following approval by the members of both organisations. That Code, launched during a press conference on 11 November 1991, provided for the setting up of the Journalistic Ethics Council, which was to be the precursor of the present Press Ethics Commission (PEC).

In February 1996, a policy document prepared by former TMPC Education and Information Secretary, Carmel Bonello, was presented during a seminar for all Maltese journalists. Among others, this document put forward new concepts for the promotion of journalistic ethics, including guidelines for submission and handling of complaints, as well as for a revision of the former Journalistic Ethics Council. The document suggested the setting up of a body called the Press Ethics Commission (PEC) and its composition.
The new PEC became operational in January 1999 under the chairmanship of Notary Myriam Spiteri Debono. In 2001, the Chief Justice Emeritus, Professor Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici, was appointed Chairman. In 2006 Joe Cordina was appointed Secretary. In April, 2009, Dr Kevin Aquilina was appointed Chairman.

The Press Ethics Commission is currently composed of:

Chairman: Dr Kevin Aquilina

Members: Dr Stefano Filletti

Dr Klaus Vella Bardon

Mr Antoine Ellul

Mr Charles Mizzi

Dr Carmen Sammut

Mr Joe Felice Pace

Ms Silvana Debono

Ms Joanna Spiteri

Dr Joe Cassar

Mr Tony Cassar Darien

Secretary: Joe Cordina


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa

Data: 7 ta’ Marzu 2009

HTIEGA TA’ TRATTAMENT AHJAR GHALL-GURNALISTI

Wara diskussjonijiet mad-Dipartiment tal-Informazzjoni, il-Kunsill tal-Istitut tal-Gunalisti Maltin (IGM) jixtieq jiccara li, kontra ghal dak li qal fl-istqarrija ta’ nhar is-Sibt li ghadda, il-gurnalisti ma thallewx ikunu fuq quddiem hames snin ilu waqt l-inawgurazzjoni tal-President Eddie Fenech Adami.

Madankaollu, l-Istitut itenni l-kritika tieghu dwar il-pozizzjonar tal-gurnalisti waqt ic-cerimonja tal-hatra kif ukoll dwar ir-restrizzjonijet li sabu l-gurnalisti meta kienu qed jirrapportaw il-hatra tal-President Gorg Abela.

Xi gurnalisti prezenti lmentaw fuq il-volum baxx li minhabba f’hekk ma setghux jisimghu dak li kien qieghed jintqal u li ma thallewx jaghmlu xoghlhom kif suppost. In-numru tan-nies fis-sala tal-Palazz kien limitat, pero’ xorta l-quddiem il-media trid tkun rapprezentata kif hu xieraq.

Barra minn hekk, l-Istitut jistenna li jekk sar ftehim mal-media kellu jigi rispettat min kulhadd, sew mill-organizazzjonijiet tal-media kif ukoll mill-organizzaturi tal-avveniment.

Ikun xieraq li darb’ohra, isiru arrangamenti aktar effettivi sabiex ilahhaq mal-influss ta’ gurnalisti u camermen li kien previst li jattendu.


Press Release

Date: 4 April, 2009

JOURNALISTS TREATED ‘IN A FAR FROM PROFESSIONAL WAY’ BY THE DOI

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) strongly condemns the far from professional way that journalists and photographers/cameramen were treated by the Department of Information (DOI) while they were reporting the Oath of Office of the President of the Republic earlier today.

Numerous reports of incidents between DOI officials and representatives of the press and broadcasting media, who were on duty, reached the IGM Council.

The full details of where cameramen, journalists and photographers were to stay were agreed during two meetings held yesterday – one with representatives of the press/radio; and the other with representatives of the TV stations.

Despite all this, this agreement was not honoured by DOI officials and there was complete confusion during the President’s stroll to the Palace from St John’s Co-Cathedral and the ceremony itself at the Palace.

Journalists were, in fact, relegated to the last row in the Grand Council Chamber, where they could hardly hear the speeches as they were delivered and capture the atmosphere of the occasion.

When the journalists protested with senior officials of the Department of Information, they were informed that responsibility for the arrangements was in the hands of the Office of the President.

“We recall that when President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami took the Oath of Office five years ago, journalists were accommodated in the front together with the photographers,” the IGM stated.

Even after the ceremony was over, the journalists were first asked to leave the Palace and it was only after they insisted that they were allowed to see the atmosphere.

“In the words of all those present this morning, there was a complete breakdown in co-ordination by officials of the DOI and the Office of the President,” the IGM Council maintained.

A senior official of the Department of Information even pushed a PBS cameraman, while an Armed Forces of Malta official stopped a journalist from the same station who was reporting live while the AFM band was coming out of the Palace on to St George’s Square.

“Despite the good will expressed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Information, Chris Said, and the Director General at the Department of Information, it appears that the Department’s officials still needed to provide adequate facilities in this era when the amount of media, not just printed but also audiovisual and electronic, has grown in number,” the Institute of Maltese Journalists maintained.


 

MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

PRESS RELEASE

36 FINALISTA GHAD-19-IL EDIZZJONI TAL-MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) habbar l-ismijiet tas-36 finalista li lahqu l-istadju finali minn fost l-57 participant li hadu sehem fil-kompetizzjoni gurnalistika Malta Journalism Awards.

Din hi d-19-il edizzjoni konsekuttiva li l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin qed jorganizza. Matul is-snin, din il-kompetizzjoni kibret u l-lum ghandha 13-il kategorija differenti.

Diversi istituzzjonijiet u kumpaniji ewlenin, sena wara l-ohra, jisponsorjaw il-Malta Journalism Awards. Fost dawn hemm l-Awtorita` tax-Xandir, il-Fond ghall-Kawzi Gusti, l-HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c., SmartCity Malta, Vodafone Malta Limited, l-Awtorita` Maltija tat-Turizmu, The Farsons Foundation, Malta International Airport, il-linja ta’ l-ajru Emirates u l-Familja Sammut.

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
;
Massa Ariadne;
Vella Victor;
Charlot Zahra;

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features – sponsorjaat minn Vodafone Malta Ltd

Ariadne Massa;
Vella Victor;
Charlot Zahra;

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku – sponsorjatat minn The Farsons Foundation

Ellul Michael;
Mirabelli Matthew;
Zammit Lupi Darren;

Gurnalizmu marbut ma’ l-Ivvjaggar – sponsorjat minn Emirates Airline

Micallef Mario;
Scicluna Alvin;
Xarabank Team;

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

Basement Productions;
Bugeja Reno;
Xarabank Team

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Filmat Televiziv – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita tax-Xandir
Basement Productions;
Demicoli Keith;
Xarabank Team;

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Radio – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir

Bugeja Reno;
Guillaumier Joyce;
Cynthia Zerafa;

Gurnalizmu Kulturali– sponsorjata mill-Awtorita Maltija tat-Turizmu

Bugeja Lino;
CVC Communications;
Vella Fiona;

Gurnalizmu Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Fond ghall-Kawzi Gusti

Azzopardi Kevin;
Dalli Jeremy;
Christian Micallef u George Micallef;

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Malta International Airport

Mirabelli Matthew;
Zammit Lupi Darren;

e-Gurnalizmu – sponsorjata minn SmartCity Malta

Mcdonald Vanessa;
Scicluna Christopher;
Spiteri Lucas Paul;

Artikli ta’ Opinjoni – spnsorjata mill-Familja Sammut

Bugeja Lino;
Sarah Puntan Galea;
Mcdonald Vanessa;

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 fis-serata finali. Dakinhar jithabbru wkoll l-ismijiet tal-membri li huma fuq il-Gurija ghal din l-edizzjoni.

Ghall-ewwel darba din is-sena, is-sottomissjonijiet fil-kategoriji tal-Gurnalizmu Fotografiku u tal-Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv kienu analizzati minn Gurija separata maghmula minn forografu professjonali, li wkoll fis-serata finali se jipprezenta rapport dettaljat. Il-kriterji ghall-ghazla ta’ l-ahjar ritratt minn din is-sena nbiddlu u kienu segwiti kriterji applikati f’kompetizzjonijiet internazzjonali tal-fotografija.

Din is-sena c-cerminonja tal-premjazzjoni se ssir is-Sibt, 2 ta’ Mejju, 2009.

Ir-rebbieh tal-kategorija l-Lingwa Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu jithabbar fil-lejla tal-prezentazzjoni.

Fl-istess cerminonja jithabbar ukoll ir-rebbieh tal-Gold Award. Dan l-unur jinghata lil persuna nominata li skond il-Gurija tkun marret lil hinn minn rekwiziti ta’ prattika normali fil-gurnalizmu tul il-karriera gurnalistika taghha. Il-Gold Award ilu jinghata mill-1998, u din is-sena hu l-ghaxar anniversarju tieghu.


Press Release

Date: 18 February 2009

57 PARTICIPANTS IN THE 19th EDITION OF THE MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) has announced that 57 journalists were taking part in the 19th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards (MJA). Currently the Jury was doing its job, and the IGM will announce the Finalists at the end of next March.

The IGM organizes these awards on an annual basis. This year’s awards have 13 categories, including a new one reserved for Opinion Writers.
The categories are: Print Journalism – News, Print Journalism – Features, Press Photography, Broadcast Journalism – Television Script, Broadcast Journalism – Television Film, Broadcast Journalism – Radio, e-Journalism, Travel Journalism, Sports Journalism, Sports Photography, Opinion Articles and the Maltese Language in Journalism award.

Each category is sponsored by a different company or organization. The sponsors are HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c., Vodafone Malta Ltd, The Farsons Foundation, the Broadcasting Authority, SmartCity Malta, the Malta International Airport, the Malta Tourism Authority, the Good Causes Fund, Emirates Airline, and the Sammut family.

The awards ceremony will be held next May. During the evening, the Gold Award for the practice of journalism that goes beyond normal journalism practice will also be awarded. This category is sponsored by the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism (FTFEG).


 

IGM launches 19th edition of Malta Journalism Awards

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) launched the 19th edition of the annual press awards, known as the Malta Journalism Awards, with 13 categories.

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, irrespective of whether that journalist belongs to the same newsroom or not. Submissions can also be forwarded by organisations, corporations and bodies.

In all 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.

“Coming so soon after the highly successful 2008 edition of the Malta Journalism Awards, we have taken a strategic decision to move the award ceremony to May, where it used to be held originally, to coincide with World Press Freedom Day,” said IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi.

“This also makes the awards more timely, because we are honouring journalists for the work they did during 2008.”

Another major innovation is the introduction of a category for opinion writers. “This has been introduced after a great deal of pressure from participants,” Mr Naudi said. “I thank the Sammut family for sponsoring this category in memory of the late George Sammut, a journalist and editor.
“The rules for this category are slightly different, with all the media who have opinion writers being asked to submit the name of one opinion writer, who will be asked, in turn, by the IGM to submit the five best columns he/she has written during 2008. These columns will then be judged by the MJA’s judging panel.”

The 13 categories in the MJAs are:

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 – sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority

E-category:

E-Journalism – sponsored by SmartyCity Malta

General categories:

Travel Journalism – sponsored by Emirates Airline

Sports Journalism – sponsored by the Good Causes Fund

Sports Photography – sponsored by Malta International Airport p.l.c.

Cultural Journalism – sponsored by the Malta Tourism Authority

Opinion Articles – sponsored by the Sammut Family

Best use of Maltese Language in Journalism

This year’s edition of the Gold Award is being sponsored by the Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu. More details about this particular award will be announced at a later date.

Following recommendations by previous judging panels, the Institute draws the attention of journalists to the following points:

only coverages that were made overseas by the journalist concerned are to be submitted in the Overseas Assignment category;
in the Broadcast TV Script and Broadcast Radio categories, all submissions are to be accompanied by a printout of the respective script;
the same journalistic work or the same series can only be submitted in one category; journalists are to put forward their submissions in a presentable manner; and in selecting their best work, journalists shall seek to submit the most ethical work and avoid submitting material that only serves sensationalism.

Prizes 
The first three classified in each category will receive a certificate.

The winner of the first 12 categories above will each be awarded:

a cash prize of €350;
a certificate; and
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.

Announcement of Finalists

The Finalists will be announced in March 2009.

Presentation Ceremony

The Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony to be held in May 2009 at Robert Samut Hall, Floriana.

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, posted on a news website or broadcast in Malta between 1 January, 2008, and 31 December, 2008.

Closing Date 
Submissions will be received at the offices of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, 104a, Old Mint Street, Valletta, on Saturday, 14 February, 2009, between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon. Non-members have to pay a participation fee with the submission.


05.01.2009

IGM Council of Management 2009

 

Chairman: Mr Malcolm J. Naudi

General Secretary: Mr Joe A. Vella

Treasurer: Mr Mario Schiavone

Deputy Chairperson: Ms Julia Farrugia

Deputy General Secretary: Mr Charlot Zahra

Deputy Treasurer and Malta Youth Press representative: Mr Keith Demicoli

Chairman FTFEG Board of Studies: Mr Charles Flores

Member: Mr Brandon Pisani

Member: Ms Marion Zammit

 

Coordinator for Malta Journalism Awards Mr Roderick J. Agius

 


Annual General Meeting – 5th January 2009:

Please click on the following links for documents related to this AGM:

notice-of-igm-agm-2009.doc

igm-agenda-2009.doc

igm-annual-report-2008.doc

application-for-igm-committee-2009.doc

mozzjonijiet-u-emendi-igm-agm-2009.doc

igm-membership-form.doc

proxy-form.doc


Stqarrija ghall-istampa

Data: 28 ta’ Novembru 2008

L-ebda libell m’huwa se jbezza’ lill-IGM milli jhares id-drittijiet tal-gurnalist Malti

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) nhar it-Tlieta, 25 ta’ Novembru, 2008 sar jaf ghall-ewwel darba wara avviz tal-qorti li deher fuq gurnal lokali li s-Sur Joseph Buttigieg u Carmel sive Lino Farrugia fil-kwalita’ taghhom ta’ President u Segretarju rispettivament tal-Federazzjoni Kaccaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti bdew proceduri fil-Qorti kontra zewg ufficjali tal-IGM, Malcolm J. Naudi u Joseph A Vella, bhala Chairman u Segretarju tal-Istitut u dan talli l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin ikkundanna vjolenza li ntuzat fuq gurnalisti u fotografi waqt protesta li kienet organizzata mill-Federazzjoni Kaccaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti fis-7 ta’ Marzu 2007.

L-ufficjali tal-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) se jikkontestaw din il-kawza fejn se jipprezentaw numru ta’ eccezzjonijiet legali u ghadd ta’ xhieda inkluz gurnalisti u fotografi li kienu attakkati, mhedda u aggrediti waqt li kienu qeghdin jaqdu dmirhom il-Belt, Valletta fis-7 ta’ Marzu 2007.

Ghal dan il-ghan l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) hatar lill-avukat Joe Mifsud ex ufficjal tal-Istitut biex jiddefendi lill-ufficjali u lill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) f’dan il-kaz. (Nota tal-eccezzjonijiet ghall-kawza ipprezentata dalghodu l-Qorti mehmuza ma’ din l-istqarrija).

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) se jibqa’ jkun tarka ghall-gurnalisti Maltin u Ghawdxin kollha fejn l-ebda vjolenza jew theddida ta’ passi legali m’ghandha tbezzaghhom fil-hidma li qeghdin iwettqu.

 


04.11.2008

Malta Journalism Awards: Jithabbru r-rebbieha tat-18-il edizzjoni

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) habbar il-gurnalisti rebbieha tat-18-il edizzjoni tal-Malta Journalism Awards.

Fl-istess cerimonja, gurija indipendenti ippreseduta milll-President Emeritus Guido de Marco bhala Chairman, flimkien ma’ Dr. Natalino Fenech u l-Professur Dominic Fenech habbret lill-Avukat Joseph Micallef Stafrace bhala r-rebbieh tal-Gold Award.

Is-Sur Joe A Vella, Trustee tal-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ipprezenta l-Gold Award lill-Avukat Micallef Stafrace. 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. Fl-ghaxar 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), Pawlu Carachi (2005), Paul Saliba (2006) u Lino Cassar (2007).

Gurija indipendenti ohra mahtura mill-IGM biex tevalwa l-Malta Journalism Awards, u li kienet maghmulha mis-Sur Michael Schiavone bhala Chairman, Dr. Anna Mallia, is-Sur Tony Formosa u s-Sur Tony Mangion tat dan ir-rizultat:

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Ahbarijiet – sponsorjata mill-HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Josef Camilleri, Kap tal-Public Affairs u CSR)

1. Ariadne Massa (The Times)
2. Brandon Pisani (l-orizzont / It-Tor?a)
3. Owen Galea (Kullhadd)

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features – sponsorjata minn Vodafone Malta Ltd
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Claudette Farrugia, Senior Executive – Corporate Affairs)

1. Ariadne Massa (M magazine / Pink magazine)
2. Brandon Pisani (l-orizzont/ It-Torca)
3. Julia Farrugia (Illum)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku – sponsorjata minn The Farsons Foundation
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Bryan A Gera, Chairman)

1. Michael Ellul (In-Nazzjon)
2. Christian Sant Fournier (TheTimes)
3. Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)

Gurnalizmu dwar l-Ivvjaggar – sponsorjata minn Emirates Airline
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Paul Fleri Soler, Maniger ghal Malta u Cipru)

1. Alvin Scicluna (PBS)
2. Xarabank (PBS)
3. Dr. Alan Deidun (The Sunday Times)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Skript Televiziv
– sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Joe Scicluna, Chairman)

1. Xarabank (PBS)
2. Lourdes Pullicino (Net TV)
3. Reno Bugeja (PBS)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Filmat Televisiv
– sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Joe Scicluna, Chairman)

1. Xarabank (PBS)
2. Bondi+ (PBS)
3. Clayton Tanti u Claire Muscat (Net TV)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Radju
– sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Joe Scicluna, Chairman)

1. Reno Bugeja (Radju Malta)

Gurnalizmu Kulturali – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` Maltija tat-Turizmu
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Alexia Maggi, Senior Executive)

1. Victor Vella (l-orizzont/ It-Torca)
2. Lino Bugeja (The Times)
3. CVC Communications (PBS)

Gurnalizmu Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Fond ghall-Kawzi Gusti,
(Trofew ipprezentat mill-Ministru tal-Finanzi, Ekonomija u l-Investiment Tonio Fenech)

1. Kevin Azzopardi (The Times)
2. Event Services Ltd (PBS/Education 22)
3. Teddie Borg (PBS)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Malta International Airport
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Julian Jaeger , Kap Ezekuttiv)

1. Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times / Reuters)
2. Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)
3. Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)

Gurnalizmu Elettroniku (e-Journalism) – sponsorjata minn SmartCity Malta
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Claudio Grech, Kap Ezekuttiv SmartCity Malta)

1. Robert Micallef (maltamedia)
2. Paul Cachia (di-ve.com)
3. Carmelina Grech (di-ve.com)

L-Ilsien Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu – Kategorija Specjali
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Mario Schiavone, Membru tal-Kunsill Nazzjonali ghall-Ilsien Malti)

1. Reno Bugeja (PBS)

Il-Gurija hejjiet ukoll rapport dwar is-sottomissjonijiet u l-livell gurnalistiku taghhom.

 


Stqarrija ghall-istampa
Data: 05 ta’ Settembru 2008

30 FINALISTA GHAT-18-IL EDIZZJONI TAL-MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

L-Istitut tal-gurnalisti Maltin (IgM) habbar l-ismijiet tat-30 finalista li lahqu l-istadju finali minn fost l-54 parti?ipant li hadu sehem fil-kompetizzjoni gurnalistika Malta Journalism Awards.

Din hi t-18-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 kumpaniji ewlenin, sena wara l-ohra, jisponsorjaw il-Malta Journalism Awards. Fost dawn hemm l-Awtorita` tax-Xandir, il-Fond ghall-Kawzi gusti, l-HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c., SmartCity Malta, Vodafone Malta Limited, l-Awtorita` Maltija tat-Turizmu, The Farsons Foundation, Malta International Airport 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

galea Owen;
Massa Ariadne;
Pisani Brandon;

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features – sponsorjaat minn Vodafone Malta Ltd

Farrugia Julia;
Massa Ariadne;
Pisani Brandon;

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku – sponsorjatat minn The Farsons Foundation

Ellul Michael;
Mirabelli Matthew;
Sant Fournier Christian;

Gurnalizmu marbut ma’ l-Ivvjaggar – sponsorjat minn Emirates Airline

Deidun Alan;
Scicluna Alvin;
Xarabank Team
(Vella Norman, grima Rebeccah, Carbonaro Peter, PrecTaroum Claire, Saliba Olwyn Jo, Dalli Samuel, Micallef grimaud Mandy, Vassallo Mark, Ahar Charles);

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

Bugeja Reno;
Pullicino Lourdes;
Xarabank Team
(Vella Norman, grima Rebeccah, Saliba Olwyn Jo,
Dalli Samuel, Micallef grimaud Mandy);

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Filmat Televiziv – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita tax-Xandir

Bondi + Team
(Bondi Lou, Attard Rachel, Bonnici Josef);
Tanti Clyton, Muscat Clare;
Xarabank Team
(Vella Norman, grima Rebeccah, Carbonaro Peter,
Olwyn Jo Saliba, Dalli Samuel, Micallef grimaud Mandy, AharCharles);

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Radio – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir

Bugeja Reno;

Gurnalizmu Kulturali – sponsorjata mill-Awtorita Maltija tat-Turizmu

Bugeja Lino;
CVC Communications;
Vella Victor;

Gurnalizmu Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Fond ghall-Kawzi gusti

Azzopardi Kevin;
Borg Teddy;
Events Services
(Xuereb Catherine, Micallef Sandro,
Attard Carolina);

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Malta International Airport

Mirabelli Matthew;
Zammit Lupi Darren;

e-Gurnalizmu – sponsorjata minn SmartCity Malta

Cachia Paul;
grech Carmelina;
Micallef Robert;

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 fis-serata finali. Dakinhar jithabbru wkoll l-ismijiet tal-membri li huma fuq il-gurija ghal din l-edizzjoni.

Ghall-ewwel darba din is-sena, is-sottomissjonijiet fil-kategoriji tal-gurnalizmu Fotografiku u tal-gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv kienu analizzati minn gurija separata maghmula minn forografu professjonali, li wkoll fis-serata finali se jipprezenta rapport dettaljat. Il-kriterji ghall-ghazla ta’ l-ahjar ritratt minn din is-sena nbiddlu u kienu segwiti kriterji applikati f’kompetizzjonijiet internazzjonali tal-fotografija.

Din is-sena ?-?erminonja tal-premjazzjoni se ssir fis-7 ta’ Novembru, 2008.

Ir-rebbieh tal-kategorija l-Lingwa Nazzjonali fil-gurnalizmu jithabbar fil-lejla tal-prezentazzjoni.

Fl-istess ?erminonja jithabbar ukoll ir-rebbieh tal-Gold Award. Dan l-unur jinghata lil persuna nominata li skond il-gurija tkun marret lil hinn minn rekwiziti ta’ prattika normali fil-gurnalizmu tul il-karriera gurnalistika taghha. Il-gold Award ilu jinghata mill-1998, u din is-sena hu l-ghaxar anniversarju tieghu.

Tmiem/

 


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 15 t’Awwissu 2008

TELFA TA’ KOLLEGA U TA’ HABIB

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) juri s-soghba shiha tieghu ghat-telfa tal-kollega u habib Joe Mercieca, li miet habta u sabta aktar kmieni il-bierah fl-eta’ ta’ 63 sena.

“Joe Mercieca se jibqa’ mfakkar mhux biss gurnalist tenaci b’umanità kbira, izda ukoll bhala lekcer tajjeb minn bosta studenti li studjaw il-gurnalizmu fl-Universita’ ta’ Malta, kif ukoll bhala gwida morali u professjoni u habib leali.

“Il-professjonalita’, il-korrettezzza, u l-umanita’ kbira tieghu se jibqghu mfakkra minn bosta nies li kellhom ix-xorti jahdmu jew jitghallmu minn ghandu,” qal Charlot Zahra, Ufficjal Informazzjoni tal-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM).

Il-Kunsill tal-Istitut, f’isem il-membri kollha tieghu, jaghti l-kondoljanzi profondi tieghu lil martu Therese u uliedu Karl u Katia f’dan il-mument ta’ niket kbir ghalihom.

L-IGM iheggeg lill-membri kollha tieghu sabiex jattendu ghall-ahhar tislima lil Joe Mercieca, li se ssir ghada filghodu.

Il-korteo funebri se jitlaq ghada filghodu fit-8 am mill-Isptar Mater Dei lejn il-Knisja Parrokkjali ta’ Hal Balzan, fejn imbaghad issir quddiesa praesente cadavere fit-8.30 am. Wara ssir id-difna fil-qabar tal-familja fic-cimiterju ta’ l-Addolorata.


Press Release
Date: 06 August 2008

IGM PUBLISHES “WHEN JUDGES DISSENT” – A collection of judgments involving Judge Giovanni Bonello at the European Court of Human Rights

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) has just published the book “When Judges Dissent”, a collection of sentences of the European Court of Human Rights on which the Maltese Judge Giovanni Bonello, who was a member of the court, had a separate opinion from that of his fellow judges.

The book contains 53 cases, assembled and edited by Mario Schiavone, an I?M Council member, and is the result of 18 months’ work.

President Eddie Fenech Adami is presented with a book entitled "When Judges Dissent" by Judge Giovanni Bonello. Malcolm J Naudi (first left), Chairman, Institute of Maltese Journalists, and Council Member Mario Schiavone (right), who edited the book, this morning at the Palace, Valletta.To mark the launch, an event was held at Villa Parisio, Lija, seat of the Strickland Foundation, which assisted in the book’s publication. Among the speakers was President Emeritus Professor Guido de Marco, who is also Chairman of the Strickland Foundation, Judge Bonello, Lawyer Joe Giglio and Mr Schiavone.

Among those present was the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Dolores Cristina, Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers, members of the Diplomatic Corps, journalists and other guests.

Each one of the 53 cases in the book (including three cases involving Malta) has a summary, the European Court of Human Rights’ sentence and the separate opinion of Judge Bonello, in which he did not agree with the Court decision, partially agreed or agreed with the decision but felt that the European Court should have done more to defend the citizen whose application was being dealt with.

When one reads the separate opinions of Judge Bonello, one is struck by a number of things, including:

Firstly: the great courage of Judge Bonello. He does not hesitate to criticise, often in a strong manner, his fellow Judges with whom he works and meets every day.

Secondly: the concise and attractive literary way in which he expresses his opinions.

Thirdly: his logical line and the complete, impeccable way of presenting his arguments.

Fourthly: the fact that he is almost always takes the side of the citizen who files the complaint.

The book’s editor, Mario Schiavone, writes: “When one reads Giovanni Bonello’s opinions one by one, you forget the previous one you have read.”

Even in the cases against Malta, Judge Bonello, without fear, said all in conscience he felt he needed to say, even criticizing our laws or the way in which they are administered.

When one examines these decisions and Judge Bonello’s criticism or suggestions, one realises that from his first case to the most recent case included in this collection, in sentences on similar rights to those that a few years ago the Maltese Judge had criticised, the European Court of Human Rights has begun to accept Judge Bonello’s arguments, which are now reflected in its sentences.

“This should surely be a source of great satisfaction for Giovanni Bonello, not only because his criticism has now been vindicated, but more so because with his harsh but justified criticism, he managed to widen the meaning of several rights sanctioned in the European Convention on Human Rights. He is a true champion of human rights.

“For this and much more, Judge Bonello deserves our praise and gratitude and that of all European citizens who found in him the true defender of their fundamental rights,” says Mr Schiavone.

The book, which is printed in hardback and paperback versions, can be bought from all local book sellers.

 


 

26 TA’ LULJU 2008

il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti habbar l-ewwel decizjonijiet tieghu dwar kif jinktbu bosta varjanti tal-Malti. Ser ikun hemm zmien ta’ 3 snin fejn il-varjanti ezistenti jistghu jibghu jintuzaw flikmien mal-godda. Id-Decizjonijet kienu ppubblikati fil-harga tal-Gazzetta tal-Gvern tasl-25 ta’ Lulju 2008, li kopja taghha tinsab hawn:

http://www.doi.gov.mt/EN/gazetteonline/2008/07/gazts/GG%2025.7.pdf

Inheggu lill-membri taghna sabiex jaddottaw il-verzjoni l-gdida fil-kitba taghhom bil-Malti fuq il-gurnali, il-mezzi tax-xandir u mezzi elettronici ohra.

Hajr bil-quddiem
Charlot Zahra
Segretarju Informazzjoni, IGM


Press Release
Date: 20 July 2008

GOLD AWARD 2008 NOMINATIONS

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) accepts nominations for the Gold Award 2008. Submissions can be made by persons, organisations or institutions. No one can nominate himself or herself, but everyone is free to submit nominations to the IGM of a person, persons, society, body, organisation or other institution who, in their opinion, qualify for this honour.

The Gold Award is sponsored by the Tumas Fenech Foundation for the Education of Journalists (FTFEG).

The aims of the Gold Award are to give deserved recognition:
To the Maltese person or person resident in Malta who has had a long career and possesses vast experience in journalism; or
The institution, society, body, organisation or group of persons who have contributed substantially to the development of journalism.

In both cases the contribution would be above and beyond the requisites of normal practice in the profession.

Closing date

Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, 21 August, 2008. Whoever submits a nomination has to provide all the details necessary, including: a detailed account of the work carried out; a letter of recommendation from a number of persons involved; the nominated person’s biography.

This must be accompanied by the reason or reason why the nomination is being made so that the Council of the IGM will be in a position to pass on the nomination to the Selection Board, whose Chairman is President Emeritus Prof. Guide de Marco. The Selection Board’s choice will be officially announced during the presentation ceremony of the Malta Journalism Awards (MJA).

Submissions should be sent to the IGM Secretary General Joe A. Vella, Press Club, 104 Old Mint Street, Valletta VLT 1517; or 146/5 Howard Street, Sliema SLM 1759.

The winners so far

1998 – Fr Joe Borg; 1999 – Anton Cassar; 2000 – Frank Attard; 2001 – J.G. Vassallo; 2002 – Anthony Montanaro; 2003 – John Manduca; 2004 – Charles Grech Orr; 2005 – Paul Carachi; 2006 – Paul Saliba; and 2007 – Lino Cassar.

The Institute was instrumental in setting up the Press Ethics Commission (PEC) in 1991 and the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism (1999).

The 19th anniversary of the IGM’s foundation will be celebrated in November this year. The Institute will continue to work on its stated objectives to improve the standard of journalism, through ethics, education and professionalism.

 


 

Press Release

Date: 15 July 2008

IGM COUNCIL CONDEMNS VIOLENT ASSAULTS ON PRESS CORPS BY TRANSPORT FEDERATION DRIVERS

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Maltese journalists are assaulted while doing their duty in what has become a catalogue of shame over the past few years” – IGM Chairman Malcolm J Naudi

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) strongly condemns the violent assaults on various members of the media corps who were doing their jobs during the strike by the Transport Federation yesterday.

In one incident, NET TV cameramen Joe Francalanza was punched in the face as he filmed drivers trying to smash a coach which was picking up tourists, while a PBS cameramen was also physically assaulted while filming incidents at Floriana.

IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi called on the police and the authorities to provide protection for journalists who are doing their jobs without fear or favour. “Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Maltese journalists are assaulted while doing their duty in what has become a catalogue of shame over the past few years.

“We strongly urge the police to investigate all those who were responsible for this aggression against members of the media and call on them to bring the perpetrators to justice in the shortest possible time,” Naudi insisted.

The IGM Council noted that one of the fundamental rights in a democratic society such as Malta was the gathering and dissemination of information. “We strongly urge the Transport Federation and its members not to interfere with this fundamental right for all the citizens of this country and to realise that Malta is now part of the European Union – with all the rights and responsibilities that this brings,” Naudi insisted.

The IGM Council also offers its solidarity to the victims of this violence and urges all members of the media to stand united and look out for their fellow professionals in these deplorable circumstances.

 


04 July 2008

Joint Statement by The Journalists’ Committee and the Institute of Maltese Journalists on Thursday evening’s MEPA public hearing on Fort Cambridge

The Journalists’ Committee and the Institute of Maltese Journalists find the attitude of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority unacceptable in its indictment of our press colleagues during the MEPA board hearing of the Fort Cambridge development application.

The journalists present in this meeting carried out their duty admirably in bringing to public attention a draft press release by the MEPA public relations officer, which had pre-empted Thursday’s decision on the Fort Cambridge project before an official public decision was taken.

This incident alone sows doubts on the transparency and integrity of the MEPA board hearing and its new chairman.

The Committee and the Institute find MEPA’s accusations against a journalist of “malicious actions” and of disrupting the meeting to be totally unacceptable and deplorable.

“According to journalists present, PRO Peter Gingell was not in a position to describe how the document came into the journalists’ hands because he wasn’t around at the time, as he admits himself when he says that he was ushering people in at the time. Hence, the allegations of maliciousness are even more irresponsible,” spokespersons for the Committee and Institute, said.

“His draft press release was chanced upon by a member of the press while taking her seat and then shared with the rest of her colleagues. The PRO must have been upset for having foiled his superiors since he demanded to be given the photographs of the press release in question. Such an arrogant demand by a public official is deplorable by any standard. Peter Gingell should apologise for calling into question the integrity of the journalist, who brought such this incident to public attention.”

“Journalists have a vital role to play in public hearings because they represent the wider public who cannot be present in person,” IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi said. “What can be regarded as a failing on behalf of a public authority must not be construed to be the fault of journalists who were doing their job without fear or favour. They expect respect and a mature treatment even in such a situation.”

“The journalists present were right to bring to the public’s attention this dangerous exercise in subverting what should have been a transparent and public hearing,” Committee spokesperson Matthew Vella said.


 

12 June, 2008

IGM LAUNCHES 18TH EDITION OF MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) launched the 18th edition of the annual press awards known as the Malta Journalism Awards, with 12 categories today. 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, irrespective of whether that journalist belongs to the same newsroom or not. 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 Malta Journalism Awards are an annual event which any journalist worth his salt must look forward to. The Institute of Maltese Journalists puts a lot of effort into organising the event, but it is thanks to our sponsors, who continually lend their support to this prestigious event, that we are ever grateful,” said IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi.

The 12 categories are:
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 – sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority

E-category:
E-Journalism – sponsored by SmartyCity Malta

General categories:
Travel Journalism – sponsored by Emirates Airline
Sports Journalism – sponsored by the Good Causes Fund
Sports Photography – sponsored by the Malta International Airport
Cultural Journalism – sponsored by Malta Tourism Authority
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. More details about this particular award will be announced at a later date.

Following recommendations by previous judging panels, the Institute draws the attention of journalists to the following points:

a) only coverages that were made overseas by the journalist concerned are to be submitted in the Travel Journalism category;
b) in the Broadcast TV Script and Broadcast Radio categories, all submissions are to be accompanied by the respective script;
c) the same journalistic work or the same series can only be submitted in one category;
d) journalists are to put forward their submissions in a presentable manner and any photocopies have to be of excellent quality; and
e) in selecting their best work, journalists shall seek to submit the most ethical work and avoid submitting material of a partisan nature or that only serves sensationalism.

Prizes
The first three classified in each category will receive a certificate.
The winner of the first 11 categories above will each be awarded:
a) a cash prize of €350;
b) a certificate; 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.

Announcement of Finalists
The Finalists will be announced in September 2008.

Presentation Ceremony
The Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony to be held in November 2008 at Robert Samut Hall, Floriana.

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 1 January, 2007, and 31 December, 2007.

Closing Date
Submissions will be received at the offices of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, 104, Old Mint Street, Valletta, on Monday, 14, and Tuesday, 15 July, 2008, between 5.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. Non-members have to pay the participation fee with the submission.

Regulations and applications may be obtained either by phoning IGM Mr Joe A. Vella on 2131-6958/ 9945-0746 or from the website: http://www.maltapressclub.org.mt.

 


 

IGM CONSULTATION ON FUTURE OF JOURNALISTIC PROFESSION IN MALTA

Following the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM)’s meeting with the Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Consultation Chris Said at the Auberge de Castille in Valletta two weeks ago, the IGM is launching a consultation among its members about the future of journalism in Malta.

During the meeting, Dr Said said that the Government was planning an overhaul of the DOI’s mission and operations to make it closer to the needs of the general population and more in tune with the new demands presented by the consolidation of online media as part of the journalistic landscape in Malta.

Dr Said also indicated that the Government was ready to discuss with journalists’ organisations and other interested parties the manner in which the issue of press cards should be issued in Malta.

Likewise, he said the Government was ready to discuss the granting of a professional status for journalists, on similar lines as other professions like lawyers, doctors and architects.

Do you agree with how the DOI is treating journalists or not? Do you agree that the press cards should be issued by the DOI as at present or would you prefer that a professional body like the IGM to issue cards, as is the case in the UK?

Do you agree that journalists should be given professional status like other professions, like doctors and lawyers, among others? Who should regulate the granting of a professional status – journalists or the Government?

We would like to hear your views. Please send your comments and suggestions to institute.of.maltese.journalists@gmail.com by not later than Monday, 19 May, 2008.


Press Release

Date: 5 May 2008

SOLIDARITY, GREATER PRESS FREEDOM ARE UNIVERSAL GOALS FOR THE MEDIA: IGM

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2008, it is important to focus on two important elements that impact on the media everywhere: the need for global solidarity to overcome threats to the media; and the need for greater press freedom.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) associates itself with the statement issued on this occasion by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), of which the IGM is the Malta affiliate, which says that global battles for safety, decent work and quality journalism can only be won if journalists stand together in defence of their rights.

In that statement, the IFJ called for “a renewal of global solidarity among journalists to combat the threats facing media”, quoting its president, Jim Boumelha, as saying: “The future of journalism depends upon building fresh solidarity. Our work is at the heart of the struggle for democracy and human rights.”

The IFJ says the future of journalism will not be guaranteed by politically-inspired publicity stunts, or by dumbing down media and cutting editorial budgets.

In Europe, Arne Konig, who chairs the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), said: “World Press Freedom Day gives us an opportunity to showcase how quality journalism is vital for democracy and can only be achieved when journalists have access to decent working conditions and respect for their role.”

The EFJ says that pressure on journalists to reveal sources of information and residual political interference are key challenges facing journalists and media. Konig goes on to say: “But we cannot ignore the impact of the economic crisis that has overtaken much of Europe’s media. Quality journalism is suffering as media owners impose devastating cuts in editorial budgets.”

In Malta, the American non-governmental organisation Freedom House has further downgraded press freedom in Malta this year, within the ‘Free’ category. Although the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and of the press, these rights are also restricted “under a variety of circumstances”.

“Malta is one of the few European Union countries not to have a Freedom of Information Act, which is why it is so important that this law should be enacted with urgency in this new legislature and we await the publication of the Bill in the Government Gazette,” IGM Chairman Malcolm J. Naudi insisted.

The Freedom House report noted that the Broadcasting Authority “sued an independent television station for broadcasting material that could incite racial hatred”. Several journalists and photographers, including IGM council member Julia Farrugia, were injured while covering a protest by hunters and trappers in Valletta last year. The attack was the latest of a series of threats and attacks against journalists covering public demonstrations and debates in Malta.

“We have just witnessed a general election campaign in which the media, including new media, played an important role, despite attempts by the main political parties to control the news agenda of the independent media to suit their partisan agendas at such a critical time for a democracy like Malta.

“Sometimes, these attempts were not so subtle, as in the muzzling of political coverage on web portal http://www.di-ve.com following Government complaints on its political coverage. We hope that such episodes do not repeat themselves in future,” Naudi said.

Despite the proliferation of media, rising standards and greater investment, it is vital for the media to remain in touch with the public and continue to fulfil its role to inform, educate and entertain.

Journalists in Malta need to continue to fight to improve their professional status and media owners must continue to invest to ensure that they not only have the latest equipment but that their staff, especially journalists, will commit to their jobs in the long term. “The nature of the job means that long hours are spent to provide the service readers, viewers and listeners have come to expect, but journalists’ wages should also reflect this,” Naudi insisted.

“At the same time, there should be greater accountability and more awareness of the high ethical standards journalists are meant to abide by to retain the trust that comes with their position in society, since greater press freedom also means greater responsibility,” the IGM Chairman added.


Press Release 06/2008
Date: 30 April 2008

FUTURE OF JOURNALISTIC PROFESSION DISCUSSED DURING IGM MEETING WITH INFORMATION SECRETARY

A delegation from the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) this morning had a one hour meeting with Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information Chris Said at his office at the Auberge de Castille in Valletta.

“Finally, information, a sector which is so vital for the effective functioning of Malta as a modern European Union (EU) democracy has not been left under the general umbrella of the OPM but was assigned to a specific person,” IGM Chairman Malcolm J Naudi said.

During the meeting, which was cordial, the IGM delegation discussed with Dr Said various issues that are of vital interest for the exercise of the journalistic profession, such as requests for information from Government departments and entities, the operations of the Department of Information (DOI), the issue of press cards, and professional status for journalists, among other things.

The IGM delegation stressed that the operations of these departments had to be in synch with the realities faced by the journalistic profession in Malta, and be more media-friendly.

“Some departments are quite efficient in their responses to journalists’ queries, while others, such as the Police, are completely erratic in their response time to journalists’ queries,” Naudi said.

On his part, Dr Said said that the Government was planning an overhaul of the DOI’s mission and operations to make it more in tune with the new demands presented by the consolidation of online media as part of the journalistic landscape in Malta.

Dr Said also indicated that the Government was ready to discuss with journalists’ organisations and other interested parties the manner in which the issue of press cards should be issued in Malta.

Likewise, he said the Government was ready to discuss the granting of a professional status for journalists, on similar lines as other professions like lawyers, doctors, and architects.

On his part, the IGM Chairman stressed that the IGM already had a self-regulatory mechanism for enforcing journalistic ethics through its Code of Journalistic Ethics and the Press Ethics Commission (PEC). “This framework could be used for the establishment of a professional body for journalists, as is the case in other EU countries like Italy and the United Kingdom,” he said.

With regards to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, which the IGM, together with other journalists’ organisations on the island, has been lobbying for the past few years, Dr Said said that it will be the first bill that will be tabled by Government in Parliament after the formal start of the new Legislature on 10 May 2008.

The IGM delegation also included Secretary Joe A Vella, Treasurer Mario Schiavone, Information Secretary Charlot Zahra and Education, Continuous Professional Development and International Affairs Secretary Brandon Pisani.


 

Press Release 05/2008
Date: 26 April 2008

NEW IGM COUNCIL ELECTED DURING AGM

A new seven-member Council for the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) was elected during the Institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held recently at its premises in Valletta.

The three officials of the IGM – Chairman Malcolm J. Naudi, Secretary Joe A. Vella and Treasurer Mario Schiavone – were re-elected uncontested in their respective posts.

However, there was a healthy contest for the posts of members on the Council, with six members submitting their nomination for the four posts. A seventh nomination was withdrawn before the AGM took place.

Following an election held during the AGM, Charles Flores, Julia Farrugia and Charlot Zahra were re-elected as members on the IGM Council while Brandon Pisani was elected for the first time.

During the meeting the members approved an amendment to the IGM Statute presented by member Carmel Bonello to assign specific posts to the four members of the Institute’s Council.

In view of this amendment, Brandon Pisani was appointed Education, Continuous Professional Development and International Affairs Secretary; Julia Farrugia was appointed Deputy Treasurer responsible for sponsorships and fund-raising; Charles Flores was appointed Coordinator for Events and Activities; and Charlot Zahra was appointed Information Secretary.

The new IGM Council has also co-opted Roderick Agius as Council Member. Agius will be co-ordinating the 18th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards (MJA), which recognises journalistic work that goes beyond the normal practice of journalism in Malta.

The IGM is a founder member of the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE), which was set up in 1998. The Institute is also a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

The Institute was instrumental in setting up the Press Ethics Commission (PEC) in 1991 and the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism (1999).

The 19th anniversary of the IGM’s foundation will be celebrated in November this year. The Institute will continue to work on its stated objectives to improve journalism standards, through ethics, education and professionalism.


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 18 ta’ Marzu 2008

NIKET

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) jixtieq juri s-soghba tieghu ghall-mewt ta’ Ebba, il-mara ta’ Saviour Balzan, editur tal-MaltaToday, li halliet din id-dinja fl-eta’ ta’ 50 sena wara marda twila.

Il-quddiesa funebri ta’ Ebba Von Fersten Balzan ser issir fis-2.30 pm fil-Kattridal Anglikan ta’ San Pawl, il-Belt Valletta. Il-familja tixtieq tavza li minflok jintbaghtu fjuri, ikunu apprezzati ghotjiet lil Din l-Art Helwa.


NEWSLETTER GHALL-MEMBRI
Harga Numru 2 — Marzu 2008

Merhba,

Din hija in-newsletter regolari li se johrog l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) minn issa l’quddiem bl-ahhar ahbarijiet dwar il-hidma ta’ l-IGM matul is-sena. Huwa l-hsieb tal-Kunsill li johrog din in-newsletter mill-inqas darba kull xahrejn, izda tista’ tinhareg aktar spiss jekk ikun hemm il-htiega.

Pubblikata it-Tieni Edizzjoni tal-Maltese Journalism ReviewL-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin bil-ghajnuna tal-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu ghadu kif ippubblika it-tieni volum tal-Maltese Journalism Review.
Dan il-ktieb, li huwa editjat minn Carmel Bonello, jinkludi l-papers kolllha li gew ipprezentati waqt it-Tieni Konvenzjoni organizzata mill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin fis-sena 2000.
Dan il-volum ghandu jservi ta’ referenza ghall-gurnalisti, artikolisti u edituri kif ukoll ghall-istudenti tal-gurnalizmu, fost l-ohrajn.
Kopja ta’ dan il-volum tista’ tinkiseb mill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin fuq l-indirizzi elettronici joeavella@onvol.net jew institute.of.maltese.journalists@gmail.com

Hlas tas-shubija ghal din is-sena
Inheggu lil dawk il-membri li ghadhom ma hallsux is-shubija ta’ l-IGM ghas-sena 2008 sabiex jaghmlu l-hlas taghhom mill-aktar fis possibbli. Il-hlas ghal din is-sena huwa ta’ EUR 23.
Ic-cekkijiet ghandhom ikunu intestati f’isem l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin u ghandhom jintbaghtu f’dan l-indirizz: Joe A Vella, Segretarju, Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin, Kaxxa Postali 21, GPO Marsa, Malta.
Il-Kunsill javza li din is-sena min ikun ghadu ma geddidx is-shubija tieghu sal-hrug ta’ l-applikazzjonijiet ghall-Malta Journalism Awards (MJA) aktar tard din is-sena ikollu jhallas il-mizata shiha ghall-Awards ukoll.

Bdil fid-dettalji
Dawk il-membri li bidlu xi dettalji personali jew professjonali bhal indirizz, numru tat-telefon jew indirizz ta’ posta elettronika ghandhom javzaw immedjatament lis-Segretarju permezz ta’ e-mail fuq l-indirizzi joeavella@onvol.net jew institute.of.maltese.journalists@gmail.com


07.02.2008

Journalists’ Committee-IGM Protest against GO’s muzzling of di-ve.com

The Journalists’ Committee together with the Institute of Maltese journalists this morning presented a letter of protest to the Chairman of GO against the newly declared corporate policy to ban all political coverage.

In the letter (attached), the two representative organisations of Maltese journalists condemn this policy, particularly when the country is facing a general election and Maltese citizens need information more than ever, before they go to vote.

As announced on the di-ve.com website itself: “As a result of new corporate policy, di-ve.com will not, for the foreseeable future, cover political activities and statements as part of its day-to-day operations.”

In a press conference given in front of the GO Head Office in Marsa, Journalists’ Committee Chairman Karl Schembri called on all parties’ secretary generals and the Office of the Prime Minister to take a clear stand against this repressive measure which goes against their own party interests but above all goes against the public interest.

“We hope there has been no political interference behind this bizarre and mistaken decision,” Schembri said. “That’s why we expect not only GO to revoke this decision which humiliates our colleagues at the di-ve.com newsroom and is a great disservice to GO’s clients; but we also expect all parties contesting this general election, together with the Office of the Prime Minister which is responsible for the overall government communications and DOI, to take a clear stand in favour of freedom of information and against this measure.

“We also want to remind GO’s mother company, Dubai-based Tecom Investments, that this is a European country in which the free press is an essential part of our democracy.”

IGM Chairman Malcolm Naudi said the last political report to appear on di-ve.com goes back to last Monday’s agreement between the two parties about their supporters’ behaviour during the election.

“For a news portal that is meant to give breaking news update, this is already well out of date,” Naudi said.

This is the text of the joint letter to Go’s Chairman Sonny Portelli:

The Journalists’ Committee
PO Box 66
Valletta

The Institute of Maltese Journalists
PO Box 21
GPO
Marsa

The Chairman
Mr Sonny Portelli
GO
Spencer Hill
Marsa

7 February 2008

Dear Mr Portelli,

As representatives of all Maltese media professionals, we would like to register our disapproval and condemnation of your company’s newly declared corporate policy to stop your news portal di-ve.com from covering political activities and statements.

As one of the foremost communications companies on the islands, we expect that the least GO could do for its customers and the Maltese public, particularly in the run-up to the general elections, is to continue offering updates and regular developments that are happening on the political scene.

Since its launch, di-ve.com has been a news website and a regular reference point for its users. We hope you realise your company’s decision is a disservice to your own customers, to the Maltese public in general and to political parties that need journalists to disseminate and analyse their programmes before our country is called to vote. It also humiliates our colleagues working in the di-ve.com newsroom.

Besides the unacceptable interference from the company’s board in editorial decisions that should remain di-ve.com’s sole responsibility, your decision goes, in fact, against the very claims to corporate social responsibility as claimed by the company.

We hope this mistaken decision is not the result of any political interference and we call on you to withdraw it with immediate effect and show again the trust and editorial freedom that the di-ve.com news team has enjoyed so far.

 

We also appeal to the Dubai mother company, Tecom Investments, to realise this is a European country in which the free press is an essential part of our democracy. We hope the new owners of di-ve.com realise this to the full having decided to operate in a democratic country where politics is discussed, covered and criticised openly as is the case in the rest of the democratic world.

Looking forward to your reassurances that the decision will be revoked, we remain your sincerely,

 

 

 

Karl Schembri ChairmanJournalists’ Committee

Malcolm NaudiChairman Institute of Maltese Journalists


 

Stqarrija ghall-istampa
Data:26 ta’ Dicembru 2007

SOLIDARJETA’ MAL-MEXXEJ LABURISTA

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) jesprimi s-solidarjeta’ kollha tieghu mal-mexxej Laburista Alfred Sant u l-qraba tieghu f’dan il-waqt difficli fil-hajja tieghu. Il-Kunsill jawgura li l-operazzjoni fuq Dr Sant li ser issir ghada tirnexxi u b’hekk ikun jista’ jissokta bil-hidma politika tieghu ghall-gid tal-pajjiz.


Stqarrija ghall-Istampa
Data: 7 ta’ Dicembru 2007

ID-DRITTIJIET U D-DMIRIJIET TAL-MEDIA F’SOCJETÀ DEMOKRATIKA

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) ircieva ilment minn membru tieghu dwar storja pubblikata nhar it-Tlieta fil-gazzetta elettronika maltastar.com li tirrigwarda lil dan il-membru.

Minghajr ma jidhol fil-merti partikolari ta’ dan il-kaz, l-Istitut ihoss li l-fehma politika ta’ individwu ma ghandha qatt tippregudika l-possibbiltà ta’ mpjieg ta’ xi hadd, hu min hu u jokkupa liema kariga jokkupa, sakemm l-individwu jkollu l-hiliet biex jaghmel ix-xoghol mitlub minn dik il-kariga.

Madankollu l-Istitut ihoss li f’kaz ta’ process li allegatament ma jkunx trasparenti l-media ghandha d-dmir u d-dritt li tinvestiga dawn l-istess allegazzjonijiet. Dan id-dritt fih aktar relevanza meta l-hatriet/impjiegi huma mhallsa mill-fondi pubblici bhal f’dan il-kaz tal-PBS.

Jekk izda l-Gurnalist partikolari hassu ngurjat bl-istorja ppubblikata sta ghalih li jfittex rimedju legali jew mod iehor fil-konfront tal-gazzetta partikolari.


23 November 2007

Joint Press Statement: IGM and Journalists’ Committee

The Journalists’ Committee and the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) want to express their serious concern at the way the state public broadcaster is being systematically stripped of its public service ethos for commercial and political expediency.

In a joint statement, IGM Chairman Malcolm Naudi and Journalists Committee Chairman Karl Schembri said: “The past months have served to confirm our suspicions throughout the PBS restructuring process launched by the Investments Ministry and which has stripped the workforce to one-third of its original complement.

“Not only has the national broadcaster been rendered incapable of producing its own current affairs programmes, but the last indicting development to come out of PBS confirms that the registered editor, Sylvana Cristina, cannot even speak to her colleagues from the press and defend her own decisions.

“With the ministry’s declared policy of vetting and amending any statement given by workers falling under its portfolio, Cristina would be unable to participate in a discussion programme on PBS as she would need the ministry’s go-ahead for whatever she says – a practice which goes to confirm how cut off the ministry is from the subject matter it is meant to be responsible for.

“The same applies to PBS Chairman Joe Fenech Conti and Chief Executive Albert Debono, although it seems the two appointees are comfortable with this situation as they gladly resort to ‘ministerial policies’ whenever held to account by journalists for their decisions.

“This is a very serious situation that puts the country’s democratic credentials into question. Irrespective of the ministry’s own set policies, Cristina remains answerable to the editorial board and to the public, and at law she remains solely and personally answerable for editorial content on the PBS stations.

“And irrespective of the PBS Chairman and Chief Executive’s preferences to be vetted by the ministry, the public deserves a free, transparent and accountable public broadcaster, unshackled from any suppression and able to expose and attack any attempts at its stations’ manipulation.

“We would like to remind the public that the PBS editorial board is still without a chairman, that the last editorial board report was compiled two years ago, and that the Broadcasting Authority itself has declared it cannot fathom who is calling the shots at our national broadcaster.

“It is clear this situation cannot go on, even more so with an election round the corner, where the station will be required more than ever to give a public service to the citizens in reaching their informed decisions.

“Whatever the rhetoric employed by the ministry and the PBS Chairman and Board of Directors, the PBS editorial board has made it amply clear through its public denunciations that its editorial decisions are constantly being ignored, overruled and nullified. We cannot afford even more resignations from the editorial wing because of this. It is the chairman and higher authority who have to reconsider their position and decide whether to focus on investments or public broadcasting.”

 


Stqarrija Numru 19/2007
Data: 31 t’Ottubru 2007

MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS:
JITHABBRU R-REBBIEHA TAS-17-IL EDIZZJONI

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) habbar il-Gurnalisti rebbieha tas-17-il edizzjoni tal-Malta Journalism Awards (MJA). Fl-istess cerimonja, Gurija indipendenti maghmulha minn Dr Roger Degiorgio, Frans Ghirxi u l-President Emeritus Guido de Marco bhala Chairman, habbret li Lino Cassar hu r-rebbieh tal-Gold Award.

Il-President Emeritus Ugo Mifsud Bonnici ipprezenta l-Gold Award lis-sur Cassar. Dan l-unur jinghata lil persuna nnominata li skond il-Gurija tkun marret lilhinn minn rekwiziti ta’ prattika normali fil-Gurnalizmu tul il-karriera Gurnalistika taghha. Fid-disa’ 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), Pawlu Carachi (2005) u Paul Saliba (2006).

Gurija indipendenti ohra mahtura mill-IGM biex tevalwa l-Malta Journalism Awards, u li kienet maghmulha minn Ranier Fsadni, Michael Schiavone u minn Anton Cassar bhala Chairman, tat dan ir-rizultat:

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Ahbarijiet
Sponsorjata mill-HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Josef Camilleri, Kap tal-Public Affairs u CSR)
L-ewwel: Vanessa Macdonald (The Times)
It-tieni: Brandon Pisani (l-orizzont/It-Tor?a)
It-tielet: Victor Vella (l-orizzont/It-Tor?a)

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features
Sponsorjata minn Vodafone Malta Ltd
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Joseph Cuschieri, Kap tal-Consumer Business)
L-ewwel: Vanessa Macdonald (The Times)
It-tieni: Joanna Ripard (The Sunday Times/Child Magazine)
It-tielet: Martin Debattista (The Times – i-tech section)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku
Sponsorjata minn The Farsons Foundation
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Bryan A Gera, Chairman)
L-ewwel: Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times)
It-tieni: Ben Borg Cardona (The Malta Independent/Agence France Presse)
It-tielet: Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)

Overseas Assignments/Rappurtagg minn Barra minn Malta
Sponsorjata minn Emirates Airline
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Paul Fleri Soler, ManiGer ghal Malta u Cipru)
L-ewwel: Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
It-tieni: Brandon Pisani (It-Tor?a/l-orizzont)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Skript Televiziv
Sponsorjata mill-Awtorità tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Joe Scicluna, Chairman)
L-ewwel: Reno Bugeja (TVM)
It-tieni: Mario Micallef (TVM)
It-tielet: Julia Farrugia (One Productions)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Filmat Televiziv
Sponsorjata mill-Awtorità tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Joe Scicluna, Chairman)
L-ewwel: Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
It-tieni: Trip Team (One Productions)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Radju
Sponsorjata mill-Awtorità tax-Xandir
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Dr Kevin Aquilina, Kap Ezekuttiv)
L-ewwel: RTK
It-tieni: Charles Xuereb (Campus FM)
It-tielet: Mario Micallef (Radju Malta)

Gurnalizmu Kulturali
Sponsorjata mill-Awtorità Maltija tat-Turizmu
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Domenic Micallef, Segment Head – Storja u Kultura)
L-ewwel: Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
It-tieni: Lino Bugeja (The Sunday Times)
It-tielet:Joyce Guillaumier (It-Torca)

Gurnalizmu Sportiv
Sponsorjata minn Melita Cable
(Trofew ipprezentat mill-InGinier Philip Micallef, Kap Ezekuttiv)
L-ewwel: Benny Pace (l-orizzont/The Times/Ir-Referi)
It-tieni: Mark Attard (Illum)
It-tielet: Teddie Borg (TVM)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv
Sponsorjata mill-Malta International Airport
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Peter Bolech, Kap Ezekuttiv)
L-ewwel: Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)
It-tieni: Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times/Reuters)

Gurnalizmu Elettroniku (e-Journalism)
Sponsorjata minn SmartCity Malta
(Trofew ipprezentat minn Chris Cole, Chief Operating Officer)
L-ewwel: Kurt Farrugia, Alfred Grixti u David Vella (maltastar.com)
It-tieni: Pierre J. Mejlak (maltamedia.com)

L-Ilsien Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu
Kategorija Specjali
(Trofew ipprezentat mill-Professur Manwel Mifsud, President, Kunsill Nazzjonali ghall-Ilsien Malti)
L-ewwel: Pierre J. Mejlak (maltamedia.com)
It-tieni: Julia Farrugia (Kullhadd/Illum)
It-tielet: Mark Attard (Illum)

Il-Gurija tal-Malta Journalism Awards hejjiet ukoll rapport (mehmuz separatament) dwar is-sottomissjonijiet u l-livell Gurnalistiku taghhom. Rapport iehor thejja mill-Kunsill Nazzjonali ghall-Ilsien Malti dwar il-kategorija specjali L-Ilsien Malti fil-Gurnalizmu (li jinsab mehmuz ukoll ma’ din l-istqarrija).

F’din l-edizzjoni kien inawgurat trofew gdid iddisinjat mill-artist Malti, Alfred Mizzi.

 


 

MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

PRESS RELEASE: 22.08.2007

29 Finalist ghas-17-il edizzjoni tal-Malta Journalism Awards

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) habbar l-ismijiet tad-29 finalist li lahqu l-istadju finali minn fost il-45 partecipant, ilkoll gurnalisti stabbiliti, li hadu sehem fil-kompetizzjoni gurnalistika Malta Journalism Awards.

Din hi s-17-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 qed jisponsorjaw il-Malta Journalism Awards.

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.

Vanessa Macdonald (The Times)
Brandon Pisani (l-orizzont / It-Torca)
Victor Vella (l-orizzont / It-Torca)

Gurnalizmu Stampat – Features – sponsorjata minn Vodafone Malta Ltd

Martin Debattista (The Times – i-tech section)
Vanessa Macdonald (The Times / Pink magazine)
Joanna Ripard (The Sunday Times / Child magazine)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku – sponsorjata minn The Farsons Foundation

Ben Borg Cardona (The Malta Independent / Le Figaro)
Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)
Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times / Reuters)

Overseas Assignments/Rappurtagg minn Barra minn Malta – sponsorjata minn Emirates Airline
Brandon Pisani (It-Torca / l-orizzont)
Alvin Scicluna (TVM)

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

Reno Bugeja (TVM)
Julia Farrugia (One Productions)
Mario Micallef (TVM)

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

Alvin Scicluna (TVM)
Trip Team (One Productions)

Gurnalizmu Mxandar – Radju
– sponsorjata mill-Awtorita` tax-Xandir

Mario Micallef (Radju Malta)
RTK
Charles Xuereb (Campus FM)

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

Lino Bugeja (The Sunday Times)
Joyce Guillaumier (KullHadd)
Alvin Scicluna (TVM)

Gurnalizmu Sportiv – sponsorjata minn Melita Cable,

Mark Attard (Illum)
Teddie Borg (TVM)
Benny Pace (l-orizzont / The Times / Ir-Referi)

Gurnalizmu Fotografiku Sportiv – sponsorjata mill-Malta International Airport

Matthew Mirabelli (The Times)
Darrin Zammit Lupi (The Times / The New York Times)

Gurnalizmu Elettroniku (e-Journalism) – sponsorjata minn SmartCity Malta

Kurt Farrugia, Alfred Grixti & David Vella (maltastar.com)
Pierre J. Mejlak (maltamedia.com)

Il-Gurija qed thejji wkoll rapport dwar is-sottomissjonijiet u l-livell gurnalistiku taghhom li ghandu jinqara qabel il-premjazzjoni. Dakinhar jithabbru wkoll l-ismijiet tal-membri li huma fuq il-Gurija ghal din l-edizzjoni. Din is-sena c-cerimonja tal-premjazzjoni se ssir fi ftit gimghat ohra.

Il-finalisti u r-rebbieh tal-kategorija l-Lingwa Nazzjonali fil-Gurnalizmu jithabbru fil-lejla tal-prezentazzjoni. F’din il-kategorija hemm 25 partecipant li qed jissottomettu xoghol gurnalistiku bil-Malti.

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. Fid-disa` 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), Pawlu Carachi (2005) u Paul Saliba (2006).

 


 

Nominazzjonijiet ghalI-GOLD AWARD – 2007

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin qed jibda’ jilqa’ nominazzjonijiet ghall-Gold Award 2007. Sottomissjonijiet jistghu jsiru minn persuna, ghaqda, organizzazzjoni jew istituzzjoni. Hadd ma jista’ jaghmel sottomissjoni ghalih innifsu, izda kulhadd huwa liberu li jissottometti lill-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin persuna, persuni, ghaqda, korp, organizzazzjoni, istituzzjoni ohra li fl-opinjoni tieghu tikkwalifika ghal dan l-unur.

Il-Gold Award qed tigi sponsorjata mill-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu.

L-iskop tal-Gold Award huwa li jinghata gharfien misthoqq:
” lil persuna Maltija, residenti hawn Malta, b’karriera twila u esperjenza vasta fil-gurnalizmu; inkella
” lil istituzzjoni, ghaqda, korp, organizzazzjoni, jew grupp ta’ persuni li jkunu taw kontribut sostanzjali ghall-izvilupp tal-gurnalizmu.

Fiz-zewg kazi jrid ikun inghata kontribut li jmur lil hinn minn rekwiziti ta’ prattika normali fil-professjoni.

Data ta’ l-gheluq:

Is-sottomissjonijiet jintlaqghu sal-Hamis, 23 ta’ Awissu, 2007. Kull min jinnomina ghandu jaghti d-dettalji kollha mehtiega (ezempji: rendikont dettaljat tal-hidma mwettqa, ittri ta’ referenza minghand ghadd ta’ persuni kkoncernati, bibljografija ta’ min ikun qed jigi nnominat) kif ukoll ir-raguni jew ragunijiet ghaliex qed issir dik in-nominazzjoni halli b’hekk il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin ikun f’qaghda li jghaddi in-nominazzjonijiet lill-Bord ta’ l-Ghazla, li c-chairman tieghu huwa l-President Emeritus Prof. Guido de Marco. L-ghazla tithabbar ufficjalment waqt ic-cerimonja tal-premjazzjoni.

Kull sottomissjoni ghandha tintbaghat lis-Segretarju ta’ l-IGM, Joe A. Vella, 104 Old Mint Street, Valletta; jew 146/5 Howard Street, Sliema.

Ir-rebbieha s’issa:

1998 – Fr Joe Borg; 1999 – Anton Cassar; 2000 – Frank Attard; 2001 – J.G. Vassallo; 2002 – Anthony Montanaro; 2003 – John Manduca; 2004 – Charles Grech Orr; 2005 – Paul Carachi; 2006 – Paul Saliba.


Press Release 12/2007

Date: 22 July 2007

IGM WELCOMES FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) welcomed the publication of the White Paper outlining the Government’s proposals for a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) as an important step forward towards introducing a culture of transparency and accountability in the Public Sector.

“For the first time, the principle that all information held by the Government can be made public unless there is a reasonable need to withhold that information is being introduced, thus reversing the current position of general secrecy.

“We hope that the Government is really prepared for the sea change that the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act will bring to its modus operandi, especially in its dealings with the media,” Chairman Malcolm J Naudi said.

The IGM has contributed to the formulation of the FOI White Paper thanks to the assistance of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), which compiled a report analysing the government’s original draft of the White Paper which was circulated to interested parties, including the Institute, a few months ago.

The Institute of Maltese Journalists will be analysing the White Paper published on Wednesday in detail and will present its official position to the Government in the next few weeks.

 

 


Newsletter Nr 3 – 14.07.2007

IL-MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

IL-FINALISTI JITHABBRU F’NOFS AWISSU

Kien hemm numru sostanzjali ta’ gurnalisti li ssottomettew xoghol ghal Malta Journalism Awards. Il-gurija temmet ix-xoghol taghha din il-gimgha u l-finalisti issa mistennija jithabbru f’nofs Awissu. Ic-cerimonja fejn jithabbru l-finalisti mistennija li ssir f’Villa Parisio, Hal-Lija, ir-residenza tal-Fondazzjoni Strickland, f’gurnata li ghad trid tigi konfermata, li aktarx tkun l-Erbgha, 22 ta’ Awissu, 2007. Kull min issottometta xoghol se jigi mistieden ghal din l-okkazjoni.

KUNGRESS TA’ L-IFJ F’MOSKA

Mario Schiavone, it-Tezorier ta’ l-IGM irrapprezenta lill-IGM fit-tielet Kungress Dinji organizzat mill-International Federation of Jouranlists li sar f’Moska bejn it-28 ta’ Mejju u l-1 ta’ Gunju.

Waqt dan il-Kungress kienu diskussi diversi problemi li qed jiffaccjaw il-professjoni tal-gurnalizmu madwar id-dinja fejn qed naraw numru minn shabna jinqatlu, mhux biss f’postijiet fejn imorru biex jirrappurtaw dwar gwerer imma sahansitra f’pajjizhom stess u l-awtoritajiet tal-pajjiz anqas biss jaghmlu investigazzjonijiet dwar dawn id-delitti.

Kellna wkoll tahditiet ma’ l-Union tal-Gurnalisti Russi dwar program ta’ skambji ta’ gurnalisti bejn iz-zewg pajjizi u hadna hsieb ukoll biex ghamilna kuntatti ma’ kollegi minn pajjizi tal-Mediterran dwar il-Kungress li se jsir f’pajjizna f’Settembru li gej.

LAQGHA TAL-GURNALISTI TAL-MEDITERRAN

Intant l-Awtorita’ Maltija tat-Turizmu accettat talba tal-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin biex tisponsorja l-Konferenza tal-Guranlisti tal-Mediterran li se ssir f’Malta bejn is-27 u t-28 ta’ Settembru 2007. Din il-Konferenza ssir taht l-awspici ta’ l-International Federation of Journalists. Is-sena li ghaddiet din il-Konferenza saret fil-Croatia fejn matulha r-rapprezentanti ta’ l-IGM kienu hadu parti attiva hafna.

SKONT FUQ TITJIRIET TA’ L-AIR MALTA

Infakkarkom li l-Air Malta qed toffri skont ta’ 15% lill-membri ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin li jivvajjgaw lejn il-pajjizi li topera lejhom l-Air Malta. Dettalji minghand is-Segretarju: joeavella@onvol.net


Press Release 09/2007

Date: 18 May 2007

IGM COUNCIL in audience with Archbishop Cremona

The Council of the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) today had an hour’s audience with Archbishop Paul Cremona. The cordial meeting was held at the Archbishop’s Curia, Floriana.

The agenda of the meeting included the media’s relations with the Catholic Church in the reality of the pluralist society in which we live.

IGM chairman Malcolm J. Naudi praised Mgr Cremona for his accessibility to the media in the weeks following his appointment and augured that the Curia should be more open to the means of social communication.

On his part, Mgr Cremona urged the media to be more honest in the way it communicates the Church’s message without imposing its agenda. He expressed his willingness to continue his dialogue with the media as he has done so far.

 


Press Release 08/2007
Date: 2 May 2007

World Press Freedom Day 2007

ISSUE OF FOI WHITE PAPER LONG OVERDUE – IGM

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2007 on May 3, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) called on the Maltese Government to issue the much-promised White Paper on Freedom of Information as soon as possible.

“Government had pledged that the White Paper was going to be published by the end of last year. There had been some delay, even from our side, in giving our feedback to the draft White Paper that has already been circulated, yet a comprehensive Freedom of Information Act is needed to put Malta truly at par with its partners in the EU and combat the culture of secrecy pervading the Public Sector,” said Malcolm J. Naudi, Chairman, IGM.

The IGM presented its position on the proposed Freedom of Information Act and teamed up with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to present a joint reaction some weeks ago, and expects them to be included in the draft legislation.

“Our proposals are intended to provide Malta with a law that gives a general right to information held by the executive and administration branches of government, thus promoting transparency and accountability,” said Mr Naudi.

“A Freedom of Information Act is an important step towards protecting the individual citizen and achieving fuller press freedom in Malta,” he added.

This year’s theme for World Press Freedom Day, organised by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is Press Freedom, Safety of Journalists and Impunity.

Over the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic escalation of violence against journalists, media professionals and associated personnel. In many countries around the world, media professionals are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.

According to professional organisations, 2006 was the bloodiest year on record, with over 150 members of the media killings. Hundreds more media workers were arrested, threatened or attacked because of their work.

“Being a journalist has never been more dangerous,” Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, said in his message for World Press Freedom Day 2007.

Conflict zones – and post-conflict zones – are particularly hazardous environments for journalists. The worst example is Iraq, where 69 media professionals were killed last year.

Over 170 media professionals, the vast majority being local journalists, have been killed in the country since the conflict began in April 2003.

“Never in recorded history has there been such a large-scale killing of journalists,” said Mr Matsuura.

“The safety of journalists is an issue that affects us all. Every aggression against a journalist is an attack on our most fundamental freedoms. Press freedom and freedom of expression cannot be enjoyed without basic security.”

Fortunately, in Malta, no journalists have been killed, but last year alone there were six reported cases where journalists were harassed to some extent or another.

In one case, an editor of a weekly newspaper had his front door torched, while a newspaper columnist had her back door set on fire after they spoke out in favour of asylum seekers in their respective media.

Until now, nobody has been brought to Court in connection with the arson cases. “Crimes against journalists should not go unpunished as they are crimes against freedom of expression,” said Mr Naudi.

Note to editors:

Every year, May 3 is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

May 3 was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.

It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.

It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.

It serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

For comments please call Malcolm J Naudi, chairman, IGM on 9990 0207 or Charlot Zahra, Information Officer, IGM on 7940 8522


Press Release 06/2007

Date: 9 April 2007

IGM CALLS ON JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS MINISTRY TO INTERVENE IN ARMENIAN JOURNALIST’S CASE

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) yesterday called on the Justice and Home Affairs Ministry to intervene in the case of Gina Khachatryan, the 30-year-old Armenian journalist who landed in Malta on Friday afternoon on her way to be deported to her homeland.

“We call on the Justice and Home Affairs Ministry to investigate the circumstances surrounding this case and, if warranted, offer political asylum to Ms Khachatryan,” said Malcolm J Naudi, chairman, IGM.

“Ms Khachatryan was in the UK for the past four years after being detained in Armenia for 40 days for revealing electoral fraud, therefore it would be suicidal to send her back to her homeland, where she would risk being detained once more for doing her job as a journalist,” added Mr Naudi.

The IGM also called on the British authorities to reverse their decision not to extend Ms Khachatryan’s stay in the United Kingdom.

“As a promoter of democracy and human rights on a global scale, the United Kingdom should not shirk its responsibility in this case and hand over Ms Khachatryan and her family to the Armenian government,” he insisted.

According to the international journalists’ organisation Reporters Sans Frontieres, Armenia was the 101st worst country (out of 168) for restrictions to press freedom in 2006.

Edik Baghdasaryan, head of the association of investigative journalists in Armenia, has reported a recent wave of violent attacks against journalists in the country as an electoral campaign looms.

There is a history of press freedom violations in Armenia. If officials or large-scale businessmen – do not like what is written, reporters are threatened and, in some cases, beaten up. One reporter was forced to leave his flat last summer.

A copy of this statement has been sent to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Justice and Home Affairs Ministry and the British embassy in Malta


Press Release 06/2007

Date: 9 April 2007

IFJ REITERATES CALL FOR CREDIBLE EXPLANATION OVER JOURNALISTS’ DEATHS DURING IRAQ WAR FOUR YEARS AGO

The fourth anniversary of the still unexplained killing of three journalists by United States troops in Baghdad on 8 April 2003 was marked yesterday by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) following a week of shocking attacks on journalists which saw four journalists being killed and another eleven injured.

These deaths bring to 23 the number of Iraqi media killed in 2007 alone. At least 196 journalists and media workers have died in Iraq since the US invasion four years ago.

The IFJ and its national journalists unions around the world, including the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), the IFJ’s Malta affiliate, renewed calls for the United States to provide credible reports over a number of media deaths at the hands of US soldiers in Iraq and, in particular, the killing of three journalists on April 8th 2003.

Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of the attack by US troops on the Palestine Hotel, which housed scores of media personnel, killing Taras Protsyuk of Reuters and Jose Cuoso, of the Telecinco network in Spain. On the same morning, journalist Tareq Ayyoub was killed when the Baghdad offices of the Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera were attacked by US fighter planes.

“Four years on still no credible reports have been produced to explain these attacks and no one has been held to account for the killings,” said IFJ General Secretary Aidan White.

“The United States must answer questions that are still asked over these deaths and many others at the hands of their troops in Iraq. With the number of media casualties growing daily, impunity becomes intolerable, particularly when it concerns the actions of those who speak in the name of democracy and human rights.”

In December 2006, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1738, a measure championed by the IFJ and its member unions that protects journalists in conflict zones and says killing them can be considered a war crime.

The IFJ has also demanded action over the deaths of British ITN reporter Terry Lloyd and his colleagues Fred Nérac and Hussein Osman, whose bodies are still missing, in a fire fight between US and Iraqi troops near Basra, in March 2003 as the invasion of Iraq gathered pace and has raised questions over the shooting by US soldiers of Reuters cameramen Mazen Dana.

In October last year the IFJ demanded the United States “tell the whole truth” about media deaths in Iraq at the hands of US troops after a British coroner ruled that the death of ITN reporter Terry Lloyd in the Basra fire-fight was an “unlawful killing.”

“The US military has never owned up to its responsibilities in Iraq,” White said. “We hope the UN resolution will help stop this trend of attacks on journalists but we must continue to fight to make sure that all past cases are investigated and the killers brought to justice. If not, we not only run the risk of more journalists being killed, but that these people will kill journalism as well.”

 


29th March 2007

IGM LAUNCHES 17TH EDITION OF MALTA JOURNALISM AWARDS

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) launched the 17th edition of the annual press awards known as the Malta Journalism Awards, with 12 categories. As from this edition, 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, irrespective of whether that journalist belongs to the same newsroom or not. 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.

“Through this significant 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.

The 12 categories are:
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 – sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority

E-category:
E-Journalism

General categories:
Overseas Assignments – sponsored by Emirates Airline
Sports Journalism – sponsored by Melita Cable
Sports Photography – sponsored by the Malta International Airport
Cultural Journalism – sponsored by Malta Tourism Authority
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. More details about this particular award will be announced next month.

Following recommendations by previous judging panels, the Institute draws the attention of journalists to the following points:

a) only coverages that were made overseas by the journalist concerned are to be submitted in the Overseas Assignment category;
b) in the Broadcast TV Script and Broadcast Radio categories, all submissions are to be accompanied by the respective script;
c) the same journalistic work or the same series can only be submitted in one category;
d) journalists are to put forward their submissions in a presentable manner; and
e) in selecting their best work, journalists shall seek to submit the most ethical work and avoid submitting material that only serves sensationalism.

Prizes
The first three classified in each category will receive a certificate.
The winner of the first 11 categories above will each be awarded:
a) a cash prize of Lm150;
b) a certificate and
c) the Malta Journalism Awards trophy for the respective category.

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

Announcement of Finalists
The finalists will be announced in June 2007.

Presentation Ceremony
The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony to be held in September 2007 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 2006 and 31st December 2006.

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.

Closing Date
Submissions will be received at the offices of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, 104, Old Mint Street, Valletta, on Wednesday 11th April 2007 between 6.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Non-members have to pay a participation fee with the submission.

Regulations and applications may be obtained either by phoning Mr Vella 2131-6958/ 9945 0746 or from here.


Press Release 05/2007
Date: 15 March 2007

EFJ SAYS MALTA MUST STOP ATTACKS ON MEDIA AFTER JOURNALISTS ASSAULTED AT HUNTING PROTEST

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today called on the Maltese government to protect journalist safety after recent attacks on journalists covering a protest by hunters and trappers in the capital.

The EFJ and IFJ are backing a call by their affiliate, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), for authorities to take tough action against those responsible for the attacks on journalists reporting on the 7 March protest in the capital city of Valletta where hunters and trappers hurled bottles and stones at police and media.

“These recent attacks on journalists show that protesters feel they can attack reporters and photographers with impunity,” said Arne König, EFJ Chair. “This intimidation and violence against journalists on assignment is a serious threat to independent media in Malta.”

Darrin Zammit Lupi, a photographer from The Times newspaper, was hospitalised after he was struck in the face and his equipment was damaged, IGM said. Julia Farrugia, a journalist from Illum newspaper and Brandon Pisani, a journalist from l-orizzont newspaper were taken to a nearby health centre suffering from slight injuries.

Photographer Ben Borg Cardona of newspaper The Malta Independent had his equipment broken and stolen by hunters and was slightly injured. Photographer Ray Attard from Illum newspaper was also slightly injured. Farrugia and Borg-Cardona were threatened by representatives of the Federation for Hunting, Trapping and Conservation, which organised the protest.

These are the latest cases of attacks on journalists in Malta, where journalists have been threatened or assaulted while on assignment cover public gatherings or judicial proceedings, the IGM said.

Last year, an editor and a columnist had their front doors set on fire while the country was having a public debate about asylum seekers in Malta. At the time, far-right political figures were inciting attacks against the media, who were generally sympathetic about the plight of asylum seekers.

For more information please call: + 32 2 235 22 00
The EFJ represents over 260.000 journalists in more than 40 countries


Newsletter Nru. 2

Seminar barra minn Malta

The Fund for American Studies, bil-kollaborazzjoni tal-European Journalism Institute (EJI) se torganizza seminar ta’ tmint ijiem fi Prague bejn is-7 u l-15 ta’ Lulju 2007, li ghalih jistghu japplikaw gurnalisti attivi u anke studenti universitarji.

Min irid ikun jaf iktar dwar is-seminar jista’ jzur il-websajt http://www.tfasinternational.org/eji/about filwaqt li min jixtieq jistaqsi dwar il-programmi jista’ jikkontattja lil Cynthia Ramirez, International Programs Assistant fuq cramirez@tfas.org

Min jinghazel ghal dan is-seminar ikun irid ihallas il-biljett ta’ l-ajru biss ghax il-lukanda tkun bla hlas. Is-sena li ghaddiet tliet gurnalisti membri ta’ l-IGM attendew ghal kors simili u l-IGM hallas il-biljett ta’ l-ajru ghal tnejn minnhom. Jekk ikun hemm xi membri taghna li jigu accettati biex jattendu dan il-kors, il-Kunsill jikkonsidra jisponsorjalhom il-vjagg taghhom. Naturalment min ma jkunx aggornat fi shubija ma jigix ikkonsidrat ghal ghajnuna.

L-uzu tal-premises mill-gurnalisti

Kmieni din is-sena l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin beda jgawdi mill-iskema ta’ tahrig ta’ l-istudenti li introduca l-ETC. Permezz ta’ din l-iskema studenti ta’ bejn 18 u l-21 sena li jkunu ilhom jirregistraw ghax-xoghol ghal sitt xhur, jigu allokati ma’ xi NGO u jitharrgu maghha ghall-perjodu ta’ sitt xhur. Matul dan iz-zmien l-ETC thallas Lm30 fil-gimgha lill-istudent li min-naha tieghu jkun irid jahdem 20 siegha fuq hamest ijiem.

Minn Frar li ghadda, l-IGM u l-ETC bdew ihaddmu din l-iskema, u llum l-IGM hu f’pozizzjoni li joffri lill-gurnalisti, membri u mhumiex, l-uzu tal-premises matul in-nofs ta’ nhar fil-ghodu, b’hekk inaqqsu mill-iskarrig zejjed u l-htiega li l-gurnalisti joqoghdu jmorru l-ufficcju biex jghaddu x-xoghol taghhom. Madankollu qabel nibdew nimplimentaw is-sistema nixtiequ l-feedback minghand il-membri.

Fil-premises ghandna computer u librerija u jekk ikun hemm risposta pozittiva mill-gurnalisti ghall-uzu tal-facilitajiet taghna, allura behsiebna ntejbu l-facilitajiet li ghandna biex il-gurnalisti jkollhom il-htigjiet kollha li jkunu jehtiegu.

Kif ghidt id-decizjoni nimxux iktar ‘l quddiem nehduha wara li nircievu r-riazzjoni tal-membri.

Discount Card

Nixtieq ninforma lill-membri li Julia Farrugia, ufficjal tal-IGM, qed tahdem fuq skema ta’ Discount Card li permezz taghha l-membri jkunu jistghu jgawdu minn rohs sostanzjali meta jzuru l-postijiet/hwienet/restoranti li jkunu dahlu fl-iskema. Iktar dettalji dwar din l-iskema jinghataw iktar ‘il quddiem. Jekk il-membri jixtiequ xi kumpaniji jidhlu f’din l-iskema jinformawna.

Journal

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-IGM jinsab fil-process li jippubblika t-tieni edizzjoni tal-Journal li jkun jinkludi d-diskorsi li saru fit-tieni Konvenzjoni li organizza l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin bil-kollaborazzjoni tal-Fondazzjoni Tumas Fenech ghall-Edukazzjoni fil-Gurnalizmu.

Ufficjal Informazzjoni

Il-Kunsill hatar lil Charlot Zahra, ex membru tal-Kunsill, bhala Segretarju Informazzjoni.

Joe A. Vella, 13 ta’ Marzu 2007


09.03.2007

L-IGM jistenna li l-pulizija tieghu azzjoni

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin, f’isem il-komunita’ gurnalistika, id-djar tal-pubblikazzjoni f’Malta u l-maggoranza kbira hafna tal-Maltin u l-Ghawdxin, filwaqt li jerga jtenni l-kundanna tieghu ghall-vjolenza mwettqa minn kaccaturi u nassaba fuq gurnalisti u fotografi waqt il-qadi ta’ dmirijiethom nhar l-Erbgha li ghadda fil-belt Valletta, jistenna kundanna ghal dawn l-atti vjolenti mill-Federazzjoni Kaccaturi, Nassaba u Konservazzjonisti filwaqt li jappella lill-Pulizija biex jassiguraw li jittiehdu passi skond il-ligi kontra min wettaq dawn l-atti vjolenti.

Mhux accettabbli li l-FKNK tohrog stqarrija biex suppost tikkundanna dak li gara u fl-istess nifs tipprova tiggustifika l-aggressjoni billi sostniet li ” dan seta’ gara minhabba provokazzjoni ta’ xi persuni.”

B’dan il-mod intefa’ dawl ikrah fuq il-Pulizija u gurnalisti li kienu qed jaqdu dmirijiethom f’cirkostanzi li suppost kienu pacifici izda li whud irrendewhom vjolenti bl-imgieba intollerabbli taghhom, sa mill- bidunett tal-protesta meta kien hemm minn dahal bil-vettura tieghu f’post li l-Pulizija kienet ghalqet ghat-traffiku u b’rezistenza lill-istess pulizija.

L-FKNK qarrqet ukoll fl-istqarrija meta qalet li “minkejja s-sitwazzjoni mweghra li jinsabu fiha dawn l-eluf ta’ cittadini, ma nqala’ ebda ncident sakemm spiccat il-Protesta.”

Fil-verita’ ghall-habta tas-18.20 meta l-protesta kienet waslet quddiem Pjazza Regina, kienu diga’ nqalghu incidenti fejn numru ta’ fliexken u ghadd ta’ gebel intefghu lejn id-direzzjoni tal-Pulizija u tal-gurnalisti.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Malti jistenna li l-Pulizija tiehu azzjoni wkoll fil-konfront ta’ numru ta’ persuni li fil-prezenza ta’ ufficjali tal-FKNK heddew verbalment gurnalisti u fotografi. Fost dawn kien hemm “fotografu” li kien qed jigbed ritratti ghall-Federazzjoni stess u li qal kliem dispreggjattiv fil-konfront tal-fotografu Ben Borg Cardona li xi kaccaturi kissrulu u serqulu l-apparat fotografiku. Dan il-fotografu tal-FKNK sa indirizza lill-gurnalist bil-kliem “Sew ghamlulek lilek.”

Dan il-kliem sab ir-rezistenza tal-gurnalista u kollega Julia Farrugia li kompliet tinsisti li dan il-kliem qatt ma kellu jintqal u hu ta’ min jistkerrhu. Din il-gurnalista giet mhedda u ntimidata minn ufficjal tal-FKNK fil-prezenza ta’ Lino Farrugia Segretarju tal-Federazzjoni li minflok ma waqqaf dan id-diskors ghadda rimarki u kliem li jista’ jitqies bhala theddid fil-konfront ta’ l-istess gurnalista. Dan l-individwu sa beda jghajjat l-isem tal-gurnalista fuq il-megaphone. Dan it-tip ta’ incitament mhux accettat aktar u aktar meta fil-belt Valletta kien ghad baqa’ numru ta’ kaccaturi. Dan l-atteggjament seta’ qala’ aktar inkwiet u vjolenza fuq il-gurnalisti.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin jistenna dikjarazzjoni cara mit-tmexxija tal-FKNK u azzjoni mill-Pulizija.


 

07.03.2007

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin Jikkundanna bil-Qawwa Kollha il-Vjolenza Fuq il-Gurnalisti

: “Kultant zmien, il-mostru ikrah tal-vjolenza fizika kontra l-gurnalisti jgholli ruhu, specjalment waqt attivajiet pubblici jaharqu”

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Malti jikkundanna bil-qawwa kollha l-agir tal-membri tal-Federazzjoni tal-Kaccaturi, Nassaba u Konservazjonisti fuq il-gurnalisti u fotografi waqt il-qadi ta’ dmirijiethom il-lejla.

Minn ta’ l-inqas hames gurnalisti/fotografi gew attakkati fizikament u verbalment mhedda mill-membri ta’ l-GHKNK sahansitra fotogrofu ta’ The Times/Reuters Darrin Zammit Lupi li kellu jittiehed l-isptar ghal kura.

Ma dan kienu mhedda gurnalisti mill-gurnali The Malta Independent, l-orizzont, u Illum.

Niddeploraw li f’demokrazija fejn id-dritt ta’ liberta’ ta’ l-espressjoni ghandha tigi rispettata dan l-atteggament arroganti ghandu jsir.

L-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin sfortunatament jinnota li kultant zmien, il-mostru ikrah tal-vjolenza fizika kontra l-gurnalisti jgholli ruhu, specjalment waqt attivajiet pubblici jaharqu.

Il-Kunsill ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin jishaq ma’ l-awtoritajiet, ewlenin fosthom il-Pulizija, sabiex dawk kollha li kienu responsabbli ghal dan l-agir kundannabbli ikunu investigati u mressqa l-Qorti bla telf ta’ zmien u moghtija sentenzi kompatibbli mar-rifjut assolut tal-vjolenza f’socjeta’ demokratika bhalma hija Malta.

 


18.02.2007

VODAFONE SPONSORS PRINT FEATURES JOURNALISM AWARD

Preparations for this year’s edition of the Malta Journalism Awards are in full swing as this year, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) is planning to hold this event earlier than usual. The first category sponsorship agreement has been signed this week with Vodafone Malta Limited.

For the third consecutive year, the mobile telephony company is sponsoring the print features category which is one of the most competitive of the eleven annually presented awards. An independent judging panel will be selecting the best selection of print features written in 2006 and submitted in this category.

Vodafone’s Head of Legal, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Mr Joseph Cuschieri, presented the sponsorship to IGM Chairman, Mr Malcolm J. Naudi. He said: “Vodafone has been sponsoring the print features category since it was first established, however, Vodafone constant support for Maltese journalists dates back to the early 1990s. On several occasions the company has sponsored various events organised by this national association of Maltese journalists.”

Ariadne Massa (The Times) and Brandon Pisani (l-orizzont) were the two winners in this category for 2004 and 2005 respectively.


New IGM Council for 2007

IGM Officials uncontested

The three officials of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, Malcolm J. Naudi (chairman), Joe A. Vella (Secretary) and Mario Schiavone (Treasurer) were re-elected uncontested at the IGM Annual General Meeting held earlier this week. However, there was a healthy contest for the posts of members on the Council. Following an election held during the AGM, the IGM has two new faces on its Council, Charles Flores and Sergio Mallia whilst Julia Farrugia and Roderick Agius were re-elected.

During the meeting the members approved a recommendation by the Council to continue discussions with the Journalists’ Committee for the setting up of a trade union for journalists, which if set up, will be completely independent and autonomous from the Institute of Maltese Journalists. The Institute will continue to work on its stated objectives to improve the standard of journalism, through ethics, education and professionalism.

Joe A. Vella, Secretary
31.01.2007


Data: 4 ta’ Jannar 2007

LAQGHA GENERALI ANNWALI 2007

Il-Laqgha Generali Annwali 2007 ta’ l-Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM) se tinzamm nhar it-Tnejn, 29 ta’ Jannar fis-7.30 pm f’The Malta Press Club, 104a, Triq Zekka l-Qadima, Valletta.

Matul din il-laqgha se ssir l-elezzjoni ghall-Kunsill ghas-sena 2007. Il-karigi huma ta’ Chairman, Segretarju, Tezorier, u erba’ membri. Min jixtieq jikkontesta ghal xi kariga jista’ jaghmel dan sa l-Erbgha, 24 ta’ Jannar, 2007, billi jibghat l-applikazzjoni tieghu lis-Segretarju, Istitut tal-Gurnalisti Maltin (IGM), 146/5, Triq Howard, Sliema; jew 104a Strada Zekka, Valletta, jew permezz ta’ e-mail lil joeavella@onvol.net

Min irid iressaq xi mozzjoni jew emendi ghandu jaghmel dan sa’ l-istess data, jigifieri l-Erbgha, 24 ta’ Jannar, 2007.

Joe A. Vella, Segretarju

Ikklikkja hawn ghad-dokumenti tal-laqgha.


Press Release 01/2007
Date: 1 January 2007

IFJ REPORTS 155 MURDERS AND UNEXPLAINED KILLINGS IN YEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED BRUTALITY

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said on Sunday that 2006 was a year of tragedy for the world’s media as killings of reporters and media staff reached historic levels with at least 155 murders, assassinations and unexplained deaths.

“Media have become more powerful and journalism has become more dangerous,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “2006 was the worst year on record – a year of targeting, brutality and continued impunity in the killing of journalists.” The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) is the Malta affiliate of the IFJ.

During the year the numbers began to accumulate with civil strife and resistance to military occupation in Iraq. The IFJ says media became prime targets of terror attacks or victims of poor soldiering. By the year’s end, 68 media staff had been killed, bringing to 170 the number killed in the country since the invasion in April 2003.

Elsewhere, the IFJ says continuing violence in Latin America, particularly Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, claimed the lives of 37 media staff while in Asia relentless attacks in the Philippines and Sri Lanka pushed the total of killings to 34.

The only positive sign came in the final days of the year, says the IFJ, when the United Nations, for the first time ever, issued a statement condemning targeting of journalists and calling for prosecution of the killers of media staff.

In a resolution passed on December 23 the UN Security Council unanimously called on governments to respect international law and to protect civilians in armed conflict. The Council called for an end to impunity and for prosecution of the killers of journalists and agreed to prepare annual reports on the risks facing media.

“This was the only bright spot in a year of unremitting gloom,” said White. “For the first time the United Nations has put the focus on a deepening media crisis. It is long overdue. We want to see action against countries that allow impunity in the killing of journalists.”

The IFJ totals for 2006 are as follows:
Murders, Targeted Killings and Unexplained Deaths: 155
Not included — Accidental Death while on duty: 22

The previous high was last year when the IFJ recorded 154 deaths, a number inflated tragically by the deaths of 48 Iranian journalists on a military assignment. But this year there were many fewer accidents – just 22.

The full details are set out in the IFJ report -Journalism Put to the Sword – to be published in the middle of January. The report also covers the work of the IFJ Safety Fund, which provides humanitarian aid to the victims of violence and their families.
The focus once again is on Iraq, where the IFJ has been campaigning vigorously over impunity in the killing of journalists. For the last three years the IFJ has organised a day of protest on April 8 – the day in 2003 when three journalists died under US fire in Baghdad. There have been 19 such killings in Iraq and in all these cases media organisations and victims’ families are still waiting for independent and credible reports about what happened.

In October a judge in the United Kingdom said one of the victims, ITN journalist Terry Lloyd, was unlawfully killed by American soldiers outside Basra. His interpreter Hussein Osman was also killed and cameraman Fred Nerac is missing believed dead. There have been calls for prosecution of US servicemen involved in this and many other cases.

Nevertheless, during 2006 the vast majority of killings have been at the hands of terrorists and sectarian gangs who have made the streets of Baghdad and other major cities no-go areas for many news teams.

But the IFJ says that the crisis of impunity is not confined to conflict zones.

On December 12 the Federation joined with other international press support groups to launch an International Commission of Inquiry into the killings of journalists in Russia. The action follows the assassination of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow on October 7. Her death was the latest in more than 200 killings of journalists in Russia since 1993. Many of these have been explained, but since President Vladimir Putin came to power around 40 killings of journalists have taken place and none of them have been satisfactorily resolved.

Second only to Iraq among the most dangerous spots in the world for active journalism is the Philippines, says the IFJ, where 13 journalists died in 2006, bringing to 49 the number of media staff murdered since Gloria Arroya came to power in 2001 – surpassing the numbers killed under the 14-year Marcos Dictatorship.

And in Latin America journalists in Mexico moved ahead of Colombia as the deadliest country for journalists covering crime and corruption with 10 deaths, many of them investigative reporters.

In Africa countries wracked by internal conflict also proved to be the most dangerous for journalists. Swedish freelance Martin Adler was shot while filming a demonstration in Mogadishu and veteran journalist Mohammed Taha, a Sudanese editor, was kidnapped and killed.

“It has been a year in which small steps have been taken to confront this media catastrophe,” said White, “The issue will figure strongly at the IFJ World Congress to be held in Moscow in May. But we must do more, particularly to help the victims of violence and to bring the killers of our colleagues to justice.”

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