Watch: Youth delegates praise Newsbook for objectivity and transparency

A handful of young delegates from the Regional Leadership Seminar, organised within the Young Mediterranean Voices programme of the Anna Lindh Foundation, recently visited Newsbook and the Beacon Media Group. They had nothing but praise for the work carried out by

Their visit was part of a week-long series of sessions introducing young pioneers in advocacy and public policy, to the key discussions shaping the world and the outlets broadcasting them. had previously spoken to some of the representatives explaining the importance of the event and their reflections on the week’s discussions.

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This time spoke to some of the delegates that came to Newsbook and the Beacon Media Group, to understand what they learned and will take away from their visit.

Truth and objectivity are non-negotiable

Sid Ali El Mohri Credit: Luke Zerafa

Sid Ali El Mohri is from Algeria, and is the founder of the Medea Debate Club (2013) and a communication intern at Sylabs, Algiers.  He also currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Lebanese American University as well as being a recipient of the MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship.

He explained that he learned a lot from his visit. ‘It was good to see how things happen, the technicalities and speaking to the journalists and understanding their rationale. I got to see what they do and why they do what they do.’

When asked about what he learned and would take with him going forward, he said that the important values of truth and objectivity. ‘These are non-negotiable’, he said adding, ‘Yes, there could be pressure from different parts outside, but at the end of day, we’re here to tell the story and as objectively as possible and as true as possible.’

I’m keen to see what happens next

Jasmine Farrugia Credit: Luke Zerafa

Representing Malta in the group was activist and law student, Jasmine Farrugia. Among the many organisations she represents and works with, Jasmine coordinates the National Youth Parliament of Malta and is a founder and coordinator of the National Youth Technology and Youth Fair.

In reflecting on her visit to Newsbook and Beacon Media Group she found them very progressive in terms of exploring new concepts incorporating more visual elements alongside their radio and online platforms.

She also explained that with media landscape changing in Malta and the move towards investigative journalism, there was a growing space for young people to express their opinions through the media.

With its developments in multi-platform journalism, she was keen to see what comes next for Newsbook and the Beacon Media Group.

I like their spirit of independence

Samir Akacha Credit: Luke Zerafa

Among his many endeavours in connecting young people with the concepts of peace, art and education, Samir Akacha, from Marseille, France, has spent the last 5 years representing the interfaith association a number of conferences and seminars.

He said that the visit to Beacon Media Group and particularly to Newsbook, showed to him the independence and transparency of Newsbook’s journalists.

‘Although the Maltese Catholic Church started Newsbook, its journalists are focused on transparency and are willing to do their job holding the church to account and publishing stories or cases that are not in line with the church sometimes. They are true journalists.’, he said.

He also explained that discussions about new technologies and their impact on the media and readers were fascinating. He liked that discussions took into account the future and philosophy of news and how news will soon be tailored to specifically to the interest of the consumer.

Samir also reflected on the Maltese media in relation to the French media.

‘Malta is a small community which has the benefit of giving citizens easier and more direct access to information through the media and politics. France is much bigger but the difference there is that people’s connection to politics and goings on are like a world apart. In Malta, the proximity should be cherished.’