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Parliamentary questions
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2 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ignazio Corrao
 Subject: Journalists detained in Malta by supporters of the Muscat government

On the night of 28-29 November, Italian journalists Paolo Borrometi and Sandro Ruotolo were detained, together with 40 of their European colleagues, immediately after the press conference of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

The Italian journalists, representing the Italian National Press Federation in Malta, were detained, without reason, not by plain-clothes police officers but by a group of previous repeat offenders and supporters of the Maltese Prime Minister.

The Maltese Government has not even provided any explanations regarding this matter and neither has it apologised to the journalists in question.

This is a very serious matter considering that, even though Malta is an EU Member State, the basic requirements for a country governed by the a rule of law are not being met.

In view of the above, can the Commission please clarify:

its view of such an act – restricting the rights of journalists – by an EU Member State;

what measures it intends to take to avoid the consequences of what would appear to be a real ‘Copenhagen Dilemma’ in Malta?

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