Constitution of Malta (excerpts)


(1) Except with his own consent or by way of parental discipline, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his
freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions without interference, freedom to receive ideas and information
without interference, freedom to communicate ideas and information without interference (whether the communication be to
the public generally or to any person or class of persons) and freedom from interference with his correspondence.
(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of
subarticle (1) of this article to the extent that the law in question makes provision -
(a) that is reasonably required -
(i) in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or decency, or public health; or
(ii) for the purpose of protecting the reputations, rights and freedoms of other persons, or the private lives of persons
concerned in legal proceedings, preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, maintaining the authority
and independence of the courts, protecting the privileges of Parliament, or regulating telephony, telegraphy, posts, wireless
broadcasting, television or other means of communication, public exhibitions or public entertainments; or
(b) that imposes restrictions upon public officers, and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done
under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.