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MEP Cyrus Engerer Calls For Hate Speech To Become Official Crime

MEP Cyrus Engerer Calls For Hate Speech To Become Official Crime
Jan 22 2024 Share

Addressing the European Parliament, Labour MEP Cyrus Engerer said that it is time for hate speech and hate crime to be criminalised at the European Union level.

He said that the European Parliament and Commission, as well as the citizens and civil society are ready to act, but not the council.

He began by naming a few words thrown at certain minority groups – whether it is the LGBTIQ+ community or migrants – has a tendency to end in violence. 

 

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‘It all starts with words as far-right narratives normalise hate speech, they end with violence against minorities’, wrote MEP Engerer. 

Hate speech, he said, has been increasing across Europe, especially anonymously online. These crimes cannot be continued to be blocked from becoming official EU crimes. 

What do you think?

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Steve Zammit Lupi Named European Young Leader

Steve Zammit Lupi Named European Young Leader
Jan 22 2024 Share

Brussels-based European think tank Friends Of Europe has just released its ‘European Young Leaders Class of 2024 and, among the youthful activists and influential figures in the list, is Steve Zammit Lupi. 

He is described as championing initiatives ‘that seek to protect the environment and promote sustainable transport and mobility.’

‘ Zammit Lupi is well-known for cycling 4,400km across Europe from Malta to Stockholm in 41 days in summer 2023. Raising awareness about embracing greener lifestyles and reducing carbon footprints, his journey showcased the potential for cycling as an alternative mode of transportation on his home island.’

For over a decade, the EYL40 programme has brought together the brightest minds and outside-the-box leaders to bring about change and build a more forward-thinking Europe.

Maltese aren’t strangers to this list. The list has previously included the likes of Matthew Caruana Galizia, Aaron Farrugia as well as EP President Roberta Metsola. 

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Indian Artist Captures Maltese Beauty With Acrylic

Indian Artist Captures Maltese Beauty With Acrylic
Jan 22 2024 Share

Arjun G Nair is an Indian artist working in Malta and has been continuously focusing on the Mediterranean island’s beautiful landscape, buildings and environment as inspiration for his artwork.

 

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With paintings depicting the traditional luzzu, Blue Grotto, vintage cars and the sunset turning the old cities in an orange hue, Arjun has been using these artworks to develop his skills with the brush and the medium. 

 

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Arjun’s eye for detail is genuinely impressive, and his reimagining of our island home deserves all the more attention!

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Bernard Grech Says That PN Government Would Lift E-Scooter Ban

Bernard Grech Says That PN Government Would Lift E-Scooter Ban
Jan 22 2024 Share

Speaking to MaltaDaily’s Keane Cutajar during an interview, Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech said that a Nationalist government would lift the e-scooter rental ban.

Grech said that the required enforcement on scooters was not put in place by the Labour government. 

He emphasised the importance of parkings for e-scooters as well as other rental vehicles like bicycles. 

He contrasted Malta to foreign countries which still deploy e-scooters and other alternative transportation modes but have the necessary enforcement in place. 

The Opposition leader said that when the Nationalist Party is in government, they will set up the parkings and create the necessary enforcement to keep these alternatives viable.

He accused the government of creating a problem and then removed the problem by removing the scooters instead of solving this.

What do you think?

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