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BugM @bugdavem
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You realise there’s something rotten in the state of #Malta when a political party in government starts turning its guns on critical private citizens. Essentially wearing down dissenters. Here’s an example. 1/
First an MP @RosianneCutajar singles out a comment by a private citizen, Godfrey, for a comment on social media criticising her shenanigans in parliament including booing at opposition members or giving speeches rubbishing a murdered journalist 2/
He says she’s essentially acting like a fishwife in parliament. What does Rosianne do? She sues for libel for being called that twisting its idiomatic meaning into her being called a “whore” (a dictionary ended that) 3/
Now we’re in phase 2. Another comment on social media by that same retired individual. 4/
Singled out by, get this, the Chairman of the Malta Council for Science & Technology, the entity managing EU research & innovation funds 5/
And then not only made to go viral through a @PL_Malta propaganda outlet:… @inewsmalta 6/
But shared purposely by @MaltaGov MPs and propaganda linked social media accounts and cronies 7/
More 8/
Given the lack of newsworthiness about a social media post about a social media post by a private citizen there is no doubt that the aim is to name and shame dissenters. Even if these are private citizens.

We truly are in illiberal territory. 9/
Some more co-ordinated “name & shame” posts & sympathy string pulls.
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