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Sunday, 10th January 2010 – 10:30CET

Updated: Decision to charge young editor anachronistic – Joseph Muscat

The Labour Party is to take all the necessary measures for civil liberties in the country to be safeguarded.

Party leader Joseph Muscat said this morning during an interview with journalist Miriam Dalli that the authorities were threatening to throw a student in prison for publishing an opinion.

A graphic piece of fiction about sexual violence was published by 21-year-old editor of the leftist newspaper Ir-Realta Mark Camilleri a few months ago.

The newspaper was distributed at the University before being banned and reported to the police by Rector Juanito Camilleri and the editor is now to be arraigned on charges that carry a possible prison term.

The story Li Tkisser Sewwi, was by novelist Alex Vella Gera.

“This is anachronistic and God forbid that this student is thrown in prison,” Dr Muscat said adding that these students’ freedom of expression should be defended.

The Labour leader said that even if one did not agree with the students’ opinion, they should not be threatened with imprisonment for making this known.

“This is not acceptable.”

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