A young Maltese man is making an appeal over the internet for the removal of the footage showing the last moments of the 26-year-old Libyan national who lost his life on a construction site in Sliema on Monday.
Omar Rababah is appealing through his Facebook page to remove the macabre video and provide due apologies. He also said that he is making this appeal as a private individual and not as a sociologist. He is asking all those journalists and media platform administrators who uploaded the said video to reflect on the feelings of the victim’s relatives and put themselves in their situation. He also referred particularly to the victim’s 1-year-old daughter and the mental repercussions of when she will grow up and come across the video showing her father’s last tragic moments in this world.
Rababah also said that we are pawning our humanity for social media exposure and said that likes and clicks do not justify the propagation of somebody’s last desperate moments.
“If a worker refuses to work on a bridge then the scope will have been achieved” – ONE
ONE News journalist Kyle Mifsud said that that should a worker from today refuse to work on a bridge, the scope for disseminating such footage would have been achieved. He continued that the aim behind the decision was to create awareness on working conditions. He also said that if they did not upload the footage, the 26-year-old would have ended up as just another anonymous statistic. Mifsud also said that his newsroom did not upload all the footage as they cut out the falling part for “obvious reasons.”
“We showed the precarious situation in which these workers have to work” –Malta Today
Kurt Sansone from Malta Today said that when it was decided to publish the footage they were aware that they were risking trespassing over the relatives feelings during their tragedy. Whilst admitting that the video is shocking, he also said that it also shows the hazardous conditions in which these workers have to earn their living. He continued by saying “they are not the first and certainly not the last that are working in risky conditions without the adequate security measures.” Sansone said that if the footage has helped to spread awareness then it could also help for history not to repeat itself.
Artists share their opinion…
Author Jean Paul Borg and artist Steve Bonello commented on the fact that the victim was a foreigner and insinuate that this might make him inferior in the Maltese social mind frame. Bonello also condemned the publication of the footage.
niżel għal isfelqed jgħidu li kulma huraġel bla isem
The plight of non-Maltese construction workers in Malta – a cartoon of mine dating from 2002. Today's tragic death fall…
“When are we going to learn?” – Partit Demokratiku MEP candidates
Partit Demokratiku MEP candidates reacted to yesterday’s tragedy and asked “when are we going to learn?” In a press release they state that health and safety measures are not enough to safeguard the workers. They also explained how Eurostat official figures show that the annual rate of deaths on the workplace in Malta is about 3 per 100,000 when the European average is 1.8 per 100,000.
Editorial Note: Newsbook.com.mt received footage of this tragedy. However it was decided not to publish it out of respect for the relatives of the victim.