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Title: The media's right to inform and comment : recent trends in Malta.
Authors: Bilocca, Doreen
Keywords: Mass media -- Malta
Journalism -- Malta
Law in mass media -- Malta
Sensationalism in journalism
Freedom of expression
Issue Date: 1995
Citation: Bilocca D. (1995). The media's right to inform and comment : recent trends in Malta (Master's dissertation).
Abstract: It is axiomatic that the pen is mightier than the sword. In this thesis the journalist's right to comment and pass value judgments will be examined. Every right must be regulated since otherwise it may be abused of. A journalist must be true to himself and his readership. To achieve this aim he must report and comment on true facts, avoiding to fall into the trap of sensationalism. It is becoming increasingly evident that the Press Act. 1974, must be interpreted in such a way as to regulate better, the recent trends in journalism. Act. XIV of 1987, which incorporated article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights into Maltese Municipal Law has necessitated the interpretation of the Malta Press Act and Article 41 of the Constitution of Malta relating to freedom of expression to be made in the light of the European Court's case-law. Still, liberal though this case-law may be, it respects the fundamental rights to liberty and privacy pertaining to everyone. A difficulty faced by the legislator is in fact, the creation of a balance between the public interest and the privacy of an individual. One of the recent trends is that journalists are increasingly commenting extensively, on cases which are still 'sub Judice'. Whether and to what extent this should be allowed, is a very moot point. Many also feel that the time is ripe for the introduction of the 'conscience clause' and that professional secrecy vis-a-vis confidential sources should be strengthened.
Description: LL.D.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacLaw - 1958-2009

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