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