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TVM head of news refuses Labour right-of-reply to Cachia Caruana
Opposition leader's recorded interview on Dissett was uncharacteristically followed up by right-of-reply from Richard Cachia Caruana.
11 July 2012, 12:00am
The source of disagreement concerns a rare occasion in which a recorded interview with Opposition leader Joseph Muscat on Reno Bugeja's Dissett was rapidly followed up by a right-of-reply from Richard Cachia Caruana, the former permanent representative to the EU who was ousted in a motion moved by the Opposition in parliament.
The PL is protesting with the Broadcasting Authority, Fenech's decision to allow Cachia Caruana a right-of-reply on the basis of a recorded interview when the party was unaware Muscat's recorded interview would precede the former ambassador's forceful defence.
"National broadcasting is being used unashamedly as a GonziPN propaganda machine to accommodate Richard Cachia Caruana," the party said in a statement.
"Cachia Caruana's riposte to Joseph Muscat's interview was partisan and a substantial part had nothing to do with what Muscat said on Dissett. If this was a right-of-reply, the parts of his reply that had nothing to do with what Muscat said should have not been broadcast."
The PL also said that in its report on the interview, the TVM news bulletin reported Muscat's comments - ostensibly in paraphrasing Cachia Caruana - as "false and misleading allegations".
"In a most partisan manner, they appropriated the disparaging and malicious comments made by Cachia Caruana. One would now expect that the expedite manner in which PBS broadcast this right-of-reply becomes standard practice."
Matthew Vella is editor MaltaToday.com.mt and MaltaToday on Sunday.He joined Mediat...
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