Press Release 22/2011
Date: 19 November 2011

IGM Chairman Malcolm J Naudi yesterday launched the draft Code of Journalism Ethics for public consultation at the IGM’s premises in Valletta.

Naudi said all the stakeholders were welcome to make their comments, with any suggestions being welcomed until the end of the year. The IGM will then collate all the suggestions and prepare a new Code that will be approved at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting.

“I am confident that with the contribution of all those involved we can work to make this code applicable to all media and willingly adopted by all the major media houses on the island,” the IGM Chairman insisted.

The new draft was prepared by a sub-committee of the Press Ethics Commission (PEC), that was chaired by Dr Carmen Sammut and had as members PEC Chairman Dr Kevin Dingli, Fr Colin Apap and former PEC Chairman Dr Kevin Aquilina, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Malta.

Dr Dingli told the media that the new code will introduce fresh ethical obligations on all sections of the media but is in no way intended to hamper the media from carrying out their work.

He invited the media to come up with practical examples where the suggested changes should be amended and said the commission was fully committed to implement the changes that would be suggested.

The IGM has so far held two seminars to encourage members of the media to come forward to make suggestions and give their feedback on the new draft Code of Ethics. It can be consulted on the Institute’s website http://www.igm.org.mt.

IGM members as well as all members of the Maltese journalistic community are invited to send their suggestions on the Institute’s e-mail address institute.of.maltese.journalists@gmail.com by not later than 19 December, 2011.

Click here to download the draft code for journalism ethics.