Source: The Malta Independent Online
In a statement yesterday, AD declared that it is opposing the Attorney General’s decision to appeal the court verdict acquitting author Alex Vella Gera and Realta’ editor Mark Camilleri on obscenity charges.
“Unfortunately, the Nationalist government is attempting to portray a confessionalist and ultra-conservative ideology, miles away from what a European society should be all about, while the Labour Party is sitting on the fence, because it is not proposing a proper change in censorship legislation in Parliament,” he added.
AD described itself as the only progressive party in Malta, reiterating its solidarity with Mr Vella Gera and Mr Camilleri.
“A responsible government should protect civil liberties, and freedom of speech should never be forsaken because of Malta’s outdated laws on censorship,” said Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, AD deputy chairperson.
She believed the laws should be revised so that authors would not be charged in court for their writings and art. It is “shameful” in a liberal and democratic state for authors to be persecuted, she added.
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