Other ways to fundraise for political party without featuring children – Commissioner

The video uploaded to Partit Laburista's page featuring an ad by Abela's daughter has since been removed

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

There are other ways for political parties to advertise their events without featuring innocent children, the Commissioner for Children Pauline Miceli told Newsbook.com.mt.

This newsroom reached out to the Commissioner on Thursday following an advert featuring the daughter of Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela and his wife Dr Lydia Abela urging the public to join in a live event during the fundraising marathon being organised by Partit Laburista.

The video which was uploaded in the recent days, has since been removed.

Last year, the Commissioner for Children Pauline Miceli had made her views clear on the use of underage children in political campaigns and had said: “Babies and young children should not be involved in campaigns by political parties.”

The Office of the Commissioner said that while it believes in the children’s right to participate actively in every sphere of life, children are not mature enough to face situations in which they could be victims of bullying due to partisan politics.

“There are other ways and means with which a political party can promote its activities without using children in the ads,” Miceli said.

Editorial note: Newsbook.com.mt is in agreement with the position taken by the Commissioner for Children and has decided not to publish any photos of the Prime Minister’s daughter despite the video being publicly available.