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About Us

​The Department of Information aims to provide the public with up-to-date, comprehensive, and meaningful information on Government policies, services, and activities, as well as on matters of public interest, and to promote a proper image of the Public Service and the country.

 
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The Department of Information was first set up by the British government in 1939. Following various stages of development, by 1957 its role had expanded in such a way that the tourist services aspect was carved in a separate unit, thus creating the opportunity for DOI to fulfil its current role.


FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION 

The main function of the Department of Information is to provide a link between the Government and the public. Services provided include:​

Electronic Services
 
The department manages content on the Malta Government Portal (www.gov.mt), the Intranet for the Public Service, and official departmental Facebook and Twitter​ pages. 
 
Sales Office and Information Point
 
Publications sold at DOI include the Malta Government Gazette, Budget Speeches, Financial Estimates and Economic Surveys, Bills tabled in Parliament, Acts of Parliament, Legal Notices, Statistical reports and other Government publications. Photographs depicting a wide variety of topics such as International meetings and conferences held in Malta, State and Official Visits, National Festivities, National Heritage and aerial views of Malta are also available for sale to the general public, as well as DVDs produced by the Department. Queries, complaints, and requests for assistance on various subjects of interest can be made on info.doi@gov.mt, or by phone on 22001704/96.
 
Photography Archives
 
The archives house a vast collection of contemporary as well as historical photographic material which dates back to an era when DOI was practically the only information-gathering organisation on the island. A selection of archived photos can be viewed at the DOI Photo Gallery. For enquiries on photo availabilities and to place an order, get in touch on photo.library@gov.mt 

Library Research

The Department offers one the facility to conduct research related to past Government Gazette editions (going as far back as 1813), Press Releases, and other publications issued by the DOI. For further enquiries and to book a research appointment, get in touch on info.doi@gov.m​t, or by phone on 22001777.

Video Production 
 
The Department produces documentaries of national interest, such as the Maltese National Poet Dun Karm Psaila, the Malta Railway, and the award of the George Cross. The Department also provides audio-visual footage of several occasions including official visits to Malta and state events, amongst others. The restoration, digitising and archiving of historical film footage (16mm) is also a continuous process carried out by the Department. 

Government Information Service
 
The Government Information Service provides members of the general public with information and material relevant to Government services and activities. The Government Information Service is available by means of e-mail via info.doi@gov.mt​. The Government Information Service welcomes members of the public who call in person at its Customer Care Office at 3, Castille Place, Valletta, to obtain information as well as to collect literature and other published documents relating to Government services and activities. 
 
Media Monitoring Unit 
 
The section monitors the most recent political, economic and social development issues, reported in the local print media and a synopsis is sent to internal clients . The media monitored currently consists of daily and weekly newspapers.
 
Media Relations
 
Media organizations are daily supplied with official Press Releases, Press coverage invitations​, notices, photographic material and other information by means of instant electronic dispatch. Accreditation facilities, press arrangements as well as guidance and assistance are given to local and foreign members of the media.  Arrangements are also made for local media representatives accompanying the President of Malta and the Prime Minister during official visits abroad.  
 
The Department also coordinates facilities afforded to the media during State functions, national events, the General/Local Council Elections, and other events.
 
Photographic Services 
 
Extensive photo coverage is given to Government activities as well as to national events. These services ensure fast transmission of current digital photographic material to the media. 
 
Press Registry
 
Since 1988, the Department of Information has been housing the Press Registry where the register of newspapers, radio and TV stations is being kept and updated in terms of the Media and Defamation Act​. At the Press Registry, applications for registration purposes are submitted by editors and publishers of newspapers and periodicals, and by editors of radio and television stations; and certificates requesting confirmation of editorships to be deposited as evidence in libel cases brought before the Courts of Law, are prepared and issued over the signature of the Press Registrar. 
 
Publishing
 
The Department is responsible for the compilation and publication of the Malta Government Gazette, in its printed and electronic version. Other printed and electronic matter dealing with Government services and matters of public interest are also produced through this unit.