IĠM condemns ‘disruption’ of journalist filming Caruana Galizia council meeting

ONE journalist was briefly interrupted as he was filming the local council meeting

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IĠM) has condemned the way a journalist was “disrupted” as he was filming a heated Valletta local council meeting on Tuesday discussing a motion to remove Daphne Caruana Galizia’s memorial in front of the Great Siege Monument.

The Institute said that video footage showed a person coming up to a ONE journalist as he was filming and causing an interruption. The person in question is thought to be Caruana Galizia’s sister, Helene Asciak.

“The IĠM reiterates the importance of respecting the work journalists do in public, and makes an appeal for journalists to be left to do their duties without encountering any risk”, it said.

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