Repubblika condemns the absurd decision taken by the Broadcasting Authority not to allow journalists’ questions to be broadcast by the national station.

This is censorship that is typical of dictatorial regimes.

The Broadcasting Authority has created a situation where the politician can express totally unbalanced views, but the journalist has to keep his/her mouth shut on the national TV station.

Rather than silence journalists, the Broadcasting Authority should do its duty to ensure balance and impartiality on all broadcasting media, according to article 119 of the Constitution of Malta.

While we express our full support to the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) in their fight against this censorship directive, we expect the Broadcasting Authority to retract it immediately.