Friday Morning Briefing

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Your Morning Briefing provides you with the salient news of the main happenings in Malta, Europe and the World.

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Greece Wild FireGreece has “serious indications” that a fire that killed at least 83 people near Athens earlier this week was started deliberately. 

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Questions to Trump leads to banning of CNN correspondent from attending press event at White House

AP: A CNN correspondent was barred from attending an open press event at the White House on Wednesday because of questions she asked President Donald Trump earlier in the day.

Kaitlan Collins and her employer, CNN, say the White House denied Collins access to Trump’s Rose Garden event with the European Commission president because officials found her earlier questions “inappropriate.”

Collins had served as a representative of the television networks during an earlier pool spray in the Oval Office.… Be Informed

#LetHerWork – #MeToo’s variant for female sports journalists

AIPS MEDIA: “We are only women. Sport does also belong to us. We only want to work in peace. We only want respect”. With these powerful lines, female Brazilian sport journalists founded a movement that has already rocked the country. In times of #MeToo, this is the first serious attempt to address the difficulties that women face when working as sport reporters

The movement’s hashtag is simple, but powerful: #DeixaElaTrabalhar (#LetHerWork).… Be Informed

I invite communications professionals to promote a journalism of peace at the service of all people, especially those without a voice. Pope Francis on World Communications Day

The Catholic Church today marks its World Communications Day.

The annual day was established by Pope Paul VI in 1967 to encourage Catholics to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that the modern means of social communication offer the Church to communicate the Gospel message.… Be Informed

Spain journalists wear black to protest against political interference

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For the third Friday in a row, journalists working for Spain’s public broadcaster have worn black on screen to protest against alleged political interference, gender bias and unequal pay.

A statement by the RTVE Women said, “For the third consecutive week, RTVE workers are wearing black this Friday to protest against the parliamentary impasse that is hindering the establishment of a public competition to choose the leadership team and restore RTVE’s professional judgment.”

The campaign, known as viernes negro (black Friday), is intended to highlight the Spanish government’s continuing refusal to approve a transparent process to appoint an independent board at RTVE.… Be Informed

Protests in Montenegro, following the shooting which wounded investigative journalist

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Olivera Lakić, a journalist for the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, was wounded in the right leg outside her home in the capital, Podgorica. She was taken to a hospital and was reported out of danger. The reporter covers crime and corruption in Montenegro has been shot and injured in an attack that prompted calls from the European Union and the US to protect journalists in the Balkan country.… Be Informed

‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’ – World Press Freedom Day

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.… Be Informed

Malta | Sunday NewsPapers Review – April 29th

Newspaper Review

Sunday Paper’s Review prepared by Jesmond Saliba

Malta Today – MaltaToday reports that <<Alert of risk Pilatus posed to Malta came in May 2016>>. Matthew Vella reports that ‘a stark warning on Pilatus Bank and its business model of ‘secrecy’ for politically exposed persons (PEPs) was spelt out clearly by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) in a hard-hitting letter from former director Manfred Galdes which copy was provided to the Malta Financial Services Authority’s director of enforcement Anton Bartolo.Be Informed