The Malta Independent 15 October 2021, Friday

PN considering taking legal action against PBS on ‘propaganda’

Friday, 24 September 2021, 12:54 Last update: about 21 days ago

The Nationalist Party is considering taking legal action against Public Broadcasting Services if propaganda favouring the government continues, David Agius, Nationalist Party deputy leader, said on Friday.

In a press conference, Agius called out PBS for becoming a “notice board for the Labour government” while offering little space to the PN.

During the months of August and September, PBS did not include a single voice clip of any Nationalist Party activity.

By contrast, during these months, Labour government members have had 109 sounds clips, with 24 of those being given directly given to Robert Abela.

Noting the approaching general election, Agius said that the national broadcasting station is pushing the government’s agenda to the detriment of the PN, using the excuse of the approaching budget.

Agius also criticised the Broadcasting Authority for not following through with their constitutionally bound role to ensure the public media is balanced between both the PN and the PL.

Agius added how the PN had suggested several times that the authority should employ more people if needed to put PBS’s “undemocratic dealings” as a priority. The PN is determined to see that the right to information is strengthened and not undermined.

Agius presented statistics on PBS coverages over the past few days which are updated daily on In-Nazzjon:

17 Sep: 61% PL vs 0% PN

19 Sep: 34% PL vs 9%PN

20 Sep: PL 50 % vs 15% PN

21 Sep (Independence Day): 27% PL vs 4%PN

22 Sep: PL 33% vs PN 2%

23 Sep: 33%PL vs PN 10%



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