Watch: PM has ‘seized control’ of public broadcasting – Delia

Mhux se nippermettu li l-ġurnaliżmu jissikket u jkompli l-ħtif tax-xandir nazzjonali - Konferenza tal-Aħbarijiet mill-Kap tal-PN Adrian Delia dwar ix-xandir nazzjonali

Mhux se nippermettu li l-ġurnaliżmu jissikket u jkompli l-ħtif tax-xandir nazzjonali - Konferenza tal-Aħbarijiet mill-Kap tal-PN Adrian Delia dwar ix-xandir nazzjonali

Posted by Partit Nazzjonalista on Friday, August 21, 2020

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia accused Prime Minister Robert Abela of seeking to impose a media blackout and of seeking to consolidate the Labour government’s ongoing efforts to hijack public broadcaster PBS.

The embattled PN leader held a press conference in the wake of two key developments involving the public broadcaster, with the first being the controversial decision by the Broadcasting Authority to disallow the airing of journalists’ questions during government press conferences.

The second was the confirmation that popular discussion programme Xarabank would no longer air on TVM, and Delia observed that the programme’s cancellation appears to have kick-started the reform of public broadcasting that the government had pledged to carry out. He observed that the programme had given everyone the opportunity to speak, and questioned what would come in its stead.

While the public demanded an impartial public broadcaster, Abela instead sought to exploit it for personal gain, Delia insisted.

PBS should be politically autonomous

The PN leader said that the opposition could not allow the present situation to continue, and was thus proposing a reform through which PBS would be politically autonomous, independent of the government of the day.

According to Delia’s proposal, the public broadcaster would be overseen by a Broadcasting Authority that would be truly independent, with a two-thirds parliamentary majority required to appoint its members.

He also highlighted the party’s proposal to support independent journalism through a fund, managed independently of the government, helping in the training of journalists, as well as a separate fund which would help independent media organisations stay afloat.

The embattled leader, who is facing a leadership challenge by Bernard Grech, was flanked by two of his allies during the press conference: Marsascala local councillor Errol Cutajar and party journalist Dione Borg.

In the wake of the BA decision, Grech requested a meeting with the authority, only for his request to be turned down since he held no political office.