The Constitutional Court ruled that minister Owen Bonnici breached Manuel Delia’s fundamental human right to free expression when he (Bonnici) ordered the removal of flowers, candles and messages of protest that Delia placed at the foot of the Great Siege monument in Valletta as part of the campaign for truth and justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Manuel Delia filed the protest in his name out of legal necessity, but had every protester who ever placed a candle, a flower a photo, a picture or a message at the foot of the monument filed the same case, they would have received the same judgement.
The Labour Party spin machine is working at full capacity to downplay the ruling, so let’s make sure that no-one loses sight of what the one and only point is:
Owen Bonnici breached human rights.
The rights of several people for several times.
He did this with the full blessing of the then Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
He did this with the full blessing of Joseph Muscat’s cabinet, which was made up of pretty much the same people who are in Robert Abela’s current cabinet.
Abela says that he wants to set a new standard of governance. But he can never make it happen. Nor does he want to.