The Malta Independent 19 May 2022, Thursday

Pia Zammit awarded damages by court following appeal over Torċa's Nazi picture article

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 14:46 Last update: about 5 months ago

Occupy Justice activist Pia Zammit, who is also an actress, won an appeal against a decision by the courts to dismiss a libel case she had filed against it-Torca over an article it published containing a photograph of her in a Nazi uniform while backstage at a play.

The newspaper, owned by the General Workers Union, published photos of Zammit wearing a Nazi uniform costume while she was backstage for a performance of 'Allo Allo', a WW2 comedy, insinuating that she made light of Nazi symbolism. It had published comments by an anonymous person saying that her image was offensive.

The original court had found in favour of the newspaper, arguing the article had not painted her as a Nazi sympathizer and had simply reproduced her reaction to the photo. Zammit filed an appeal, and said that the freedom of expression right does not extend to taking facts out of their context, or twisting the truth.

Her lawyer argued that the newspaper did not indicate that Zammit was an actor or that the photo was taken backstage of a play.

Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff overturned the original court decision. The court ordered the newspaper editor to pay Zammit €1,200 in moral damages and to pay the costs of the case.

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