Realtà condemn University, KNŻ join fight against censorship
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Current Affairs — 18 February 2010 — 16:10CEST
The producers of university newspaper Ir-Realtà have issued a scathing criticism of the University and Junior College administrations, describing them as the lackeys of the state, the clergy and economic entities.
In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, editor Mark Camilleri alleged that the reason behind the newspaper’s ban in the Junior College campus was its revelation, in its first-ever issue, that the institution awarded a contract to a cleaning company with illegal working conditions.
He also said that the University Students’ Council (KSU), which is composed entirely of Studenti Demokristjani Maltin members, was working in the administrations’ interest, rather than the students, and pointed out that it allowed SDM officials to interview Norman Lowell in its offices while not standing up for Ir-Realtà when its eighth issue was banned from campus over a controversial, explicit, short story entitled “Li Tkisser Sewwi”, by Alex Vella Gera.
The 22-year-old Mr Camilleri is facing criminal proceedings, and a potential jail sentence, over the article. The case led to the creation of the Front Kontra ċ-Ċensura, a movement which opposes Malta’s censorship laws and which is planning a national protest at City Gate on Wednesday.
Thursday also saw the National Youth Council (KNŻ) announce that it would be joining the Front Kontra ċ-Ċensura, stating that it found itself in agreement with the movement’s aims.
It insisted, however, that while it opposed censorship, it was in favour of classification to protect the vulnerable, and that it was not directly inspired by the upcoming Court case against Mr Camilleri.
The Front also includes the Realtà Collective, Unifaun Theatre, Moviment Graffitti, Żminijietna, Move, Pulse, the Junior College Students’ Council and the youth wings of the Labour Party and Alternattiva Demokratika.