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PN: National broadcaster ‘cannot be trusted’

Decisions taken by Broadcasting Authority against PBS confirms national broadcaster is a government gatekeeper, opposition says

Jurgen Balzan
20 May 2017, 6:27pm
(from left) Alex Mangion, Clyde Puli and Simone Aquilina outside the PBS head office
(from left) Alex Mangion, Clyde Puli and Simone Aquilina outside the PBS head office
Two rulings given by the Broadcasting Authority against the national broadcaster confirms that PBS cannot be trusted with telling the truth, PN candidate Clyde Puli said today.

Addressing a press conference outside PBS in Gwardamangia, Puli said the national broadcaster is government’s “gatekeeper” and there is little or no difference between PBS and the Labour Party’s media.

On Friday, the broadcasting regulator reprimanded PBS for not reporting a court case involving the Egrant whistleblower and for misquoting the leader of the Opposition Simon Busuttil. In both cases, the authority said that the protests were "justified" but did not order PBS to remedy the situation.

“Instead of owning up to it’s errors, PBS issued a statement belittling the rulings and saying that it only lost two cases out of a total of six protests presented by the Opposition,” Puli said, adding that the national broadcaster has nothing to boast about.

The press conference was alo addressed by PN candidates Alex Mangion and Simone Aquilina, who highlighted what they termed as biased reporting.  

Jurgen Balzan joined MaltaToday in 2011, specialising in politics, foreig...