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  • Writer's pictureAndré Delicata

Never give up

Anyone could easily be forgiven for feeling frustrated, fatigued and fed up with the situation in Malta. Democracy has declined, the rule of law has been dismantled, and freedom of expression is sliding downhill rapidly.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Malta is a ‘Flawed Democracy’. Half of the Maltese population is not satisfied with the way democracy works in Malta, according to the results of a Eurobarometer study.

Malta ranks 22nd out of 31 countries in the EU, European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and North America according to the 2022 World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index.

The World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has recorded Malta’s lowest score ever, describing Malta’s press freedom environment as “problematic”.

The country is led by a corrupt government. The corrupt – past and present – are protected by an emasculated police force and an Attorney General keen on ensuring that justice is not done.

Checks and balances are non-existent or non-functioning.

Brazen impunity is the order of the day.

It’s tempting to throw your hands in the air and send everything and all to blazes isn’t it?

But what we do now, in the coming days and weeks, will define this country’s future. Our future. Our children’s future. We can never give up on our island nation. We can never give up on democracy. We can never give up on rule of law and justice. We can never give up on freedom of expression. We must never give up.

Democracy cannot afford our indifference and silence. Rule of law and justice cannot afford our silence. Freedom of expression cannot afford our silence. Neither is resilient enough to withstand the war of attrition being wrought on them much longer.

Now is the time to make your voice heard. We can change things. We can. We will. Our country deserves better.

this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force: never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Winston Churchill


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