Saturday 24 June 2017

The right to protect your source

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IĠM) regrets to note the declaration made in Court by a Police officer, who stated that the Police intended to institute proceedings in Court to request the Editor of MaltaToday to reveal the source of information in a story published last year, which led to investigations into the oil purchasing scandal.

The IĠM maintains that the confidentiality of the source is a right acquired by Maltese journalists on the Institute’s initiative many years ago and this is an important principle that guarantees freedom of the press.

The Institute has full faith that the Maltese Courts, before which the writ will be filed, will support the right to confidentiality, as guaranteed in the country’s laws.

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