Digital Media Policy

  1. About these Guidelines
    • The Maltese Olympic Committee (the “MOC” and/or “our”, “we”, “us”) encourages its affiliated Federations and Associations to promote their sport publicly through the use of social media, digital media and any other forms of available media.
    • The purpose of these guidelines (the “Guidelines”) is to ensure that in carrying out these activities, the MOC’s affiliated Federations and Associations respect the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship, and the rights of others, as found under Maltese and European laws and conventions (the “Olympic Values”).
    • These Guidelines apply to the following persons:
  1. Any affiliated federation (”Federation”) or association (“Association”) of the MOC and any employee, volunteer, agent and/or representative of such Federation or Association;
  2. Any authorised person of the MOC (“Authorised Persons”); and

iii.   Any athlete, official, coach (“Athlete”) representing Malta.

Together referred to as “You” “Your” and/or “Persons”.

  • These Guidelines deal with the use of all forms of social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tik Tok and all other social networking sites, internet postings and blogs of the Persons.
  1. Respect of laws and Olympic Values
    • Social media postings made by You for or on behalf the MOC must be in compliance with these Guidelines and must conform with applicable laws as well as the Olympic Values.
    • Social media postings made by You must not be made for the purposes of demonstration of any form of which is discriminatory, offensive, derogatory, hateful or defamatory including but not limited to political, religious or racial postings.
    • In particular, You must not use social media or any other form of media in a manner which:
  1. infringes upon the privacy rights of third parties as contained in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (Chapter 586 of the Laws of Malta);
  1. harasses or bullies Persons and/or other third parties in any way;
  • unlawfully discriminates against Persons and/or other third parties;
  1. interferes with or in any manner disrupts the responsibilities of the MOC or the ceremonies or official events of the MOC;
  1. infringes the intellectual property rights of the MOC, including but not limited to the use of imagery or logos belonging to the MOC on Your social media platforms without the prior approval of the MOC;
  2. Responsibility
    • Whenever You choose to go public with any comments, opinions or other content posted on social and digital media, You are solely and personally responsible for the consequences of Your
  • Any social media posting made by the MOC’s affiliated Federations and Associations or by Athletes (the “Athletes” and each an “Athlete”) that disparages or reflects poorly on the MOC, or is likely to have a damaging effect on the interests or reputation of the MOC, or any other misleading, deceptive or damaging social media posting is prohibited.
  • The MOC’s affiliated Federations and Associations may suffer legal or disciplinary sanctions or other negative consequences for any social media postings which are deemed by the MOC to be inappropriate, or which are illegal or infringe on any other person’s rights. This also applies where the affiliated Federations and Associations authorize another person or organisation to manage their social media accounts or to express opinions on their behalf.
  1. Media Considerations
    • Federations and Associations are to consider any form of media published by them or on their behalf as public at all times, even if created with private intentions.

You are reminded that every comment/publication/posting can be read and shared by anyone at any time.  You represent your Federation and Assocation, Your Athletes, sponsors and governing bodies. The MOC cautions You to act accordingly.

  1. Official Announcements
    • As Persons, You have access to confidential information and as a result any news relating to official MOC Games (including but not limited to the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Mediterranean Games, Games of the Small States of Europe, European Youth Olympic Festival, Youth Olympics, Commonwealth Youth Games) are NOT to be announced by the applicable Federation and/or Association but by the MOC itself.
  • Under no circumstances should the choice of an Athlete or discipline be announced by the applicable Federation or Association unless advised to do so by the MOC.
  1. Behaviour on Social Media
    • The MOC appreciates and understands the value of Social Media. However, You are to ensure that your behaviour and that of Your members, Athletes and/or associated persons (as applicable) is becoming of a Person representing the MOC and Malta, and is compliant with any applicable Olympic or otherwise rules and regulations.
  • You are personally responsible for your social media communications and should make it clear in all their social media postings that they are speaking on their own behalf and not on behalf of the MOC. They are also encouraged to write in the first person when making social media postings.
  • Athletes and Federations/Associations should be respectful to others when making a statement on social media and should ensure that any statement made is consistent with and does not run contrary to the Olympic Values.
  • In the event that an Athlete or their respective Federations/Associations sees social media content that disparages or reflects poorly on the MOC or is likely to have a damaging effect on the interests or reputation of the MOC, this should be reported to the MOC immediately.
  • If You are uncertain or concerned about the appropriateness of any statement or posting, refrain from posting it until You have discussed it with the MOC.
  • You must not express opinions on our behalf via social media, unless expressly authorised to do so by Us.
  1. Breach of Guidelines

 

  • Failure to comply with the Guidelines may result in disciplinary action being taken against the You, including but not limited to the suspension of funding, and/or Your dismissal from the MOC or contingent which they respectively may form part of.
  • You may be required to remove any social media content that is considered by the MOC as being in breach of these Guidelines. The failure to comply with such a request may in itself result in disciplinary action.