Gege Gatt, CEO at EBO.ai and Chairman at Beacon Media Group took to social media to condemn the spoofing of local news sites which took place over the past days.
Last Saturday, individuals who are yet unknown published a fake news article on a website mirroring newsbook.com.mt. A similar attack was also aimed towards local Blogger Manuel Delia earlier last week.
“Online disinformation threatens democracy. It is terrible to see two key local websites being spoofed in the last two hours,” Mr Gatt wrote.
In the wake of this incident, several Maltese newsrooms have also received fake emails from addresses claiming to belong to Mr Delia.
Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi asked the Maltese Police Force to launch an investigation into such incidents.
“These actions undermine our society’s capacity to engage in civil debate characterised by the use of facts and logic, moral respect, and democratic inclusion,” Mr Gatt continued.
“Disinformation is one of the defining issues of our time and is bad news for Malta’s already fragile democracy,” he concluded.
Mr Gatt was appointed Chairman of Beacon Media Group back in 2017. The Group brings together four media assets – a news portal (newsbook.com.mt), a radio station (103), social platforms, and a media centre.
This comes after Martin Saliba’s term ended after three years at the helm.
He first joined the organisation in 2015 as Head of Business Development
He leaves Esports Entertainment Group after a year as Vice President of Information Security.
Co-Founder Jörgen Nordlund will take over the position on an interim basis until a replacement is found.