By Ali Salem.
Tripoli, 26 October 2014:
TV and radio stations broadcasting to Libya to be set up in Malta according to Omar . . .[restrict]Al-Guweri, the head of the Media and Culture Authority. He was part of the delegation to Malta last week led by Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni for talks with the Maltese government and UN Special Representative Bernardino Leon as well as with the US Ambassador Deborah Jones.
Guwairi told the Libya Herald he signed a number of media agreements with the Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Emmanuel Mallia, among them one to reactivate a radio station in Malta, closed since the revolution. There was also agreement to open an office for the state-owned Wataniya TV channel on the island.
Its Tripoli broadcasting offices have been taken over by Libya Dawn but it has now started rebroadcasting from Tobruk.
“We have a very good media facility in Malta but unfortunately it has been neglected,” Guwairi said of the radio station.
Malta and Libya had also agreed, he added, to ease the process for Libyan journalists to go to Malta. Likewise, he was looking to Maltese reporters to go to Libya to cover the news there.
“We have invited Malta to send its press to visit the government in Beida and the parliament in Tobruk, to give them the opportunity to observe their work,” he said, adding that the whole world was welcome to go and see what was happening.
The Media and Culture Authority replaced the ministries of information and culture in the recent cabinet reshuffle. It was one of a number of authorities set up following the HoR’s demand that the government contain just ten ministries. [/restrict]