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AD's agreement with BA Chairman on media duopoly

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  • Mark Causon
    Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party 10, Manwel Dimech street, Sliema. tel no : 21255330 http://www.alternattiva.org.mt Press Release 1-4-2004 AD s
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      Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party
      10, Manwel Dimech street, Sliema.
      tel no : 21255330

       
      Press Release 1-4-2004
       AD's agreement with BA Chairman on media duopoly
       
      Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party expressed agreement with
       Broadcasting Authority chairman Joseph Said Pullicino's declaration that
       television stations owned by political parties have been turned into
       propaganda machines.
       
      AD's Secretary General Stephen Cachia observed that Malta is the only
       country in Europe where political parties are the direct owners of
       television stations.
       
      "This is resulting in a democratic deficit against third parties like
       Alteranttiva Demokratika and civil society organizations. This political
       monopoly on broadcasting is simply perpetuating the two party system.  It
       is also leading to a situation where two opposite versions of the truth
       are being presented to the public"
       
      Stephen Cachia also expressed agreement with the BA Chairman on the need
       of an independent public broadcasting service.
       
      "Public broadcasting is even more necessary in the Maltese situation where
       political parties own rival TV stations. Any reforms in public
       broadcasting should respect the constitutional functions of public
       broadcasting", concluded Stephen Cachia.
       
      James Debono
       Public Relations Officer
       
       
      Stqarrija Media
       AD taqbel mac-Chairman tal-Awtorita tax-Xandir dwar l-Istazzjonijiet
       tal-partiti
       
      Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party esprimiet qbil mac- chairman
       tal-Awtorita tax-Xandir Joseph Said Pullicino dwar il-fatt li
       l-istazzjonijiet tal-partiti qed iservu bhala xejn ghajr  magni
       ta'propoganda.
       
      Is-segretarju generali tal-AD Stephen Cachia osserva li Malta hi l-unika
       pajjiz fl-Ewropa fejn il-partiti politici huma s-sidien ta'satzzjonijiet
       televizivi.
       
      "Dan qed iwassal ghal deficit fid-demokrazija specjalment fir-rigward
       tal-Alteranttiva Demokratika  u organizazzjonijiet fis-socjeta civili.
       Il-monopolju partigjan fuq il-mezzi tax-xandir qed jipperpetwa is-sistema
       bipartitika u qed iwassal ghal sitwazzjoni zewg veritajiet opposti qed
       jigu prezentati lill-pubbliku"
       
      Stephen Cachia esprima wkoll qbil mad-dikjarazzjoni tac-Chairperson
       tal-Awtorita dwar il-bzonn tas-servizz pubbliku fix-xandir.
       
      "Ix-xandir pubbliku hu necessarju fis-sitwazzjoni Maltija fejn il-partiti
       huma wkoll sidien ta'stazzjonijiet televizivi. Ir-riformi
       fix-xandir pubbliku m'ghandhomx ixeklu lill-PBS mill-obbligazzjoniet
       kostituzzjonali tieghu", concluded Stephen Cachia.
       
       James Debono
       Public Relations Officer
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