Free speech is not free for all – Coleiro Preca

Social media should strengthen democracy according to the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The President was addressing the 14th Meeting of the non-executive European Union Presidents of the Arraiolos Group, currently being held in Latvia.

Coleiro Preca spoke of the need to educate on media and media literacy saying that when social media was used as a weapon and hatred is spread it resulted in social tensions and stress. The President said that while there is free speech this was not free for all. Adding that the sharing of diverse views in free speech happened in a respectful manner. She said this could be achieved through education in general and media literacy in particular.