The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IĠM) has called on the relevant authorities to investigate the cyber attacks on local news portal The Shift News. The IĠM joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in condemning the attacks that the online news portal suffered last week. The Institute called for an investigation as well as for the publication of the report once the investigation is concluded.
Last week, The Shift News, reported that it had experienced two cyber attacks which “were aimed at taking the site down and denying public access to news reports on the site”.
In their statement the IĠM condemned the attacks and stated that acts aimed at stifling free speech were unacceptable.
The IĠM expressed its support to the initiative taken by the international press organisations when they reported the attack to the Council of Europe’s platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists.