Crim­i­nal li­bel case against TMI con­firms Joseph Mus­cat’s dou­ble stan­dards, PN says

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Joseph Mus­cat’s dou­ble stan­dards were con­firmed when his “friend and col­league” Neville Gafa filed crim­i­nal li­bel pro­ceed­ings against The Malta In­de­pen­dent on Sun­day, the Na­tion­al­ist Party said yes­ter­day.

This news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day how the po­lice, at the be­hest of Neville Gafa and his lawyer Peter Paul Zam­mit, have in­sti­tuted crim­i­nal li­bel pro­ceed­ings just as the gov­ern­ment an­nounced its in­ten­tion to do away with crim­i­nal li­bel once and for all.

The PN said that peo­ple close to the PM had al­ready tried – and failed – to send PN MP Ja­son Az­zopardi to prison four months ago. “Now they are try­ing to do the same with the edi­tor of one of Malta’s in­de­pen­dent news­pa­pers,” the PN said.

“PN leader Si­mon Busut­til has for the past 12 months been declar­ing that crim­i­nal li­bel should be abol­ished with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” it said.

“Mus­cat says on one side that he wants to abol­ish crim­i­nal li­bel but on the other has a friend who is try­ing to send a jour­nal­ist to prison.” The PN said Joseph Mus­cat “lies so much that he does not even be­lieve his own lies.”

“This is a di­rect at­tack on free­dom of ex­pres­sion,” the PN said.

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