Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Institute of Maltese Journalists has published a set of guidelines aimed at guiding journalists, photojournalists, videographers and other employees in the press field during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on Wednesday, the IĠM while noting a surge in coronavirus cases in Malta, said that journalists, photographers and camerapersons are frontliners who in the pandemic play a crucial role in reporting on the situation.
The institute has urged journalists to follow the guidelines in order to safeguard their health and that of others.
- A distance of 2m should be kept between individuals as recommended by the health authorities;
- A face mask or visor should be worn at all times;
- Refuse to stay in groups where social distancing is not practised;
- Make use of microphone extensions or neck-mics to ensure social distancing is maintained when interviewing a guest;
- Whenever it is possible, interviews are held virtually to avoid contact;
- Remove microphone windshield;
- Clean equipment regularly including microphones, cameras and mobile phones;
- Use antiseptic hand rub and practise frequent hand hygiene;
- Maintain distance between journalists during press conferences even if seated;
- Avoid using lifts and where this is not possible avoid using a lift with individuals who do not work for the same company.
The institute also called on the authorities to cooperate and ensure that such measures are upheld. It remarked that journalists remain crucial in reporting stories and being the voice of the public, adding that while taking mitigation measures, journalists should be given the opportunity to pose their questions to the authorities during press conferences.
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