Well all those know me, know I do not have tolerance for Political parties or Political grandstanding however, in the case of the 2013 Maltese Elections it is time I waded in with my 2 cents. This is not a political statement for either side, because to be honest, if I were voting I wouldn’t vote for either one, both are in it for themselves and not in it for the people as elections really should be. However, this is about the events (or more specifically one event) surrounding the election which is a clear disgrace…
According to the Maltese Law, 24 hours prior to the opening of the polling booths all campaigning must cease or those responsible will be in breach of the law and subject to arrest. This applies to all candidates, parties and news media (both the services themselves and journalists.)
This evening, in Malta well know blogger and journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was arrested for blogging about the election in her usual, sometimes course, manner. This in itself is not wrong, and indeed it appears her arrest was made with good reasoning and because it appears she violated the 24 hour law. What is NOT right and clearly a prejudice either against her, or what she stands for, the the fact that some of the candidates themselves continued their campaigning clear into the 24 hour ‘no campaigning’ period, and no-one else has been arrested.
Lou Bondi, from TVM’s Bondi+ was there at the time of the arrest and the video of the arrest has been uploaded to You Tube here. Now before any of you the readers get hot under the collar about the police officers involved, please remember they are doing their jobs, they were told to make the arrest. Instead, focus your attention and appeals on the two following things:
- First: Who ordered those police to arrest Daphne Caruana Galizia?
- Second: Why were others who clearly violated the same laws not arrested?
What follow are screenshots of the Facebook pages of some of the candidates and their delegates, all of which are in violation of the same law. All of the people posting should be arrested on the same charges as Daphne Caruna Galzia immediately. If the person ordering the arrest of Daphne Caruana Galizia is not willing to order the arrest of these people, that person should be fired and prosecuted for discrimination in the highest, and investigated for corruption.
You will note, that there are candidates from both sides of the Election. All should be arrested for the violation of the 24 hour rule as they are all clearly in breach.
Note: Comments are open, however any political statements for or against any party will be reported as campaign statements or deleted. I will allow comments about the unbalanced treatment of the parties and journalists involved in this scandalous arrest.
Note 2: Just to be clear, I am in the USA currently, and have no idea of the timezones/timestamps on the Facebook pages, these have been reported as postings within the 24 hour window to me, please excuse and inform me if any are not in fact in the 24 hour window. Also if there are other examples, please screenshot them and post them to me at email@example.com and I will update this page with them.