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PR190309

18/02/2019

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MALTA Government of Malta denies allegations in report by the Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Reference is made to the published report by the Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons on “Disinformation and fake news”.

The Government of Malta is disappointed to note that the House of Commons report relied on what it describes as “confidential information” claiming that there was a relationship between the Prime Minister and the company Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL), when in fact there was never any contact with the company. The Government of Malta denies any claim that there was ever contact with SCL between the Government, the Labour Party in Opposition or the Prime Minister when he was Opposition Leader.   

This was made very clear in representations by the Government of Malta to the Select Committee, which chose to base its claim on unnamed sources. 

The Committee, at no stage, supported its allegations by any evidence, nor did it afford the Maltese authorities the opportunity to respond.  On the contrary, willingly and wilfully, it disregarded representations made by the Maltese authorities in writing; thus, failing to comply with usual procedures of inviting the stakeholder involved to respond to the allegations made.

The important work that the Select Committee has been doing by investigating such an important subject was severely undermined by allowing itself to propagate misinformation on a European State by anonymous sources.