Malta has made ‘significant advances’ in media rights – Carmelo Abela

Credit: MFTP Minister Carmelo Abela being welcomed to the 25th OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Milan by his Italian counterpart, Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, has said that Malta has made ‘significant advances’ in media rights, over the last five years.

Addressing a Ministerial Council Meeting of the OCSE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) in Milan, Minister Abela said that the Maltese government had been strengthening the media’s, ‘right to freedom of expression’.

He said that this could be demonstrated by the introduction of the Media and Defamation Act, this year.

During the event, the Minister also spoke of the need for the OCSE to give, ‘deserved attention to the Mediterranean basin and the challenges and opportunities it presents for the entire OSCE region’, as well as for solutions to be found for conflicts happening away from the Mediterranean.

This was the 25th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, an event bringing together representatives from 57 member states.

The meeting also saw the close of Italy’s Chairmanship of the OCSE Council and the eventual transferal to Slovakia next year.