The University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA) condemned Monday’s censorship incident in a statement, saying that as lecturers they have a moral responsibility to educate and train the leaders of tomorrow.
On Monday the security at the University of Malta confiscated a mask of Transport Minister Ian Borg being worn by a Moviment Graffitti (MG) activist as part of a costume. The incident has caused an uproar on social media.
UMASA in a statement said that it supports freedom of speech of staff and student alike, adding that as lecturers, they support and encourage healthy and creative political debate.
‘We believe that the University forms the bedrock of our democratic governance,’ UMASA stated.
The Association further said that their moral responsibility is a fundamental part of education which involves fostering a sense of civic engagement.
‘We continue to support the development of an informed and constructive political consciousness among our students,’ the statement reads.