The 'armed hunter arrested in bird sanctuary' was not a hunter but a misguided 16-year-old who was not yet old enough to hold a hunting licence, the Federation for Hunting and Conservation.

In a statement, it said it condemned wildlife crime and asked if such reports in the media were sensationalism, social-hatred towards hunters, or sheer ignorance in the subject matter.

Times of Malta's report about the 'armed hunter' clearly quoted a BirdLife statement.