Camilleri reinstated following public support

Why silence Camilleri when hate speech not reprimanded ask Repubblika

Facebook - Mark Camilleri

In the most recent development firebrand Chairman of the National Book Council Mark Camilleri said in a tweet that Minister Justyne Caruana withdrew the call for his resignation. This development came after a substantial show of public support after Camilleri had been involved in a public spat with the lawyers of the man accused of complicity in the murder od journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Mark Camilleri was contacted by the Minister and he apologized for his use of colourful language. 

The Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary yesterday asked for the resignation of the of Camilleri .

Earlier reactions to Camilleri’s demand for resignation

Rule of Law NGO Repubblika said that Yorgen Fenech’s legal team is trying to bribe or intimidate anyone speaking out for justice in the case relating to the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.  The NGO questioned the decision to request the resignation of National Book Council Chairman Mark Camilleri from his position for using spicy language when others such as Jason Micallef, Glenn Bedingfield, Josef Caruana, Neville Gafà, Tony Zarb were never even reprimanded for hate speech.

The NGO was reacting to the demand by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Education for the resignation of Mark Camilleri

Camilleri, an activist against censorship and a self-declared Marxist, has been chairing the National Book Council for the last 7 years.

The Education Ministry yesterday asked for the resignation of the of Camilleri over an online spat with the lawyer of murder suspect Yorgen Fenech. Camilleri used colourful language to add force to his riposte.

Education Ministry asks for Book COuncil chair resignation over online spat with suspect’s lawyer
Education ministry asks for Book Council chair resignation over online spat with suspect’s lawyer

Fenech stands accused of complicity in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The news was broken on Twitter by Camilleri himself after he has been blocked from posting on Facebook.

Hypocrisy of Caruana

In a statement on Wednesday night, Camilleri published the email he received from Permanent Secretary Dr Francis Fabri as he announced that he is convening an urgent National Writers’ Congress to vote on his fate.

Repubblika’s statement said that the call for resignation is only because Camilleri has been vociferous about the continuation of the public inquiry and criticised the government about interfering.

The Rule of Law  NGO said that it comes quite as a surprise that Justyne Caruana, who already had to resign from her previous Ministerial post, due to her close relationship to murder suspect Yorgen Fenech, fires a public official for replying aggressively an unsolicited approach, from the murder suspect lawyer.

PM confirms Justyne Caruana’s resignation
PM accepts Justyne Caruana’s resignation

The NGO continued in its reaction that Mr Camilleri is well known for using colourful language having used the same tone against Prime Minister Robert Abela when he tried to stop the public inquiry board from finishing their work.

Repubblika said, Government never requested the resignation of Jason Micallef, Glenn Bedingfield, Josef Caruana, Neville Gafà, Tony Zarb and others that used hate speech towards all and sundry who criticised the Labour Administration. Their actions, said Repubblika, have always been justified as freedom of expression.

The NGO questions the decision why Camilleri is being removed from his position for using spicy language when others such as Jason Micallef, Glenn Bedingfield, Josef Caruana, Neville Gafà, Tony Zarb were never even reprimanded for hate speech.

Solidarity with Camilleri

Maltese artists also joined in the call for solidarity, amongst them Immanuel Mifsud, Brikkuni singer Mario Vella, translator and literary critic Kevin Saliba all voiced their disagreement with what is being described as a political decision.