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Teenage activist drops court proceedings over hate speech after she receives apology

Friday, 5 March 2021, 13:51 Last update: about 2 months ago

A teenage activist has dropped court proceedings against two men related to hate speech, after she received an apology from them, she wrote on Facebook.

Back in 2019, Eve Borg Bonello - who was a 16-year-old student and activist - delivered a speech at a protest related to the rule of law calling for the resignation of the then Prime Minister. She had, as a result, received a number of threats.

Borg Bonello, who is an activist and president of the PN's youth wing, Team Start, had filed court proceedings against two people over the aforementioned threats.

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"The Courts of Justice have again upheld the principle that freedom of expression has red lines. It is not a carte blanche to vilify or attack. Everyone can have an opinion and everyone should feel free to criticise it. But nobody has the right to encourage violence against you for having something to say. Because there are legal consequences for that," the activist wrote on Facebook.

"In court yesterday, two people retracted the unsavoury language directed toward me for speaking out at the 2019 protests. I had never met them before, and I found no problem with dropping the charges when they apologised. But they had to apologise, and they couldn't repeat what they did. The magistrate insisted that it is so important that this message comes out today: hate speech is not okay, not in a democracy. Nobody should be afraid to express an opinion."

 

 

 


The Courts of Justice have again upheld the principle that freedom of expression has red lines. It is not a carte...

Posted by Eve Borg Bonello on Friday, 5 March 2021
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