Freedom of expression in Malta

As I’ve said before, it doesn’t exist.

Let me explain…

A man who posted a comment on Facebook saying that the Pope should be shot in his hand, cheeks and in his side just as Christ was, was today condemned to a month in jail suspended for a year and fined €500.

Swieqi Man fined €500 for Facebook Comment, Times of Malta, 20 May 2010

This hapless guy posted a satirical comment in the Facebook Group NO to Pope Benedict XVI in Malta (LE għall-Papa Ratzinger f’Malta), and somehow a Maltese judge decided that not only is it illegal to make such a comment, but that Malta has jurisdiction over something said by a Maltese person on an American website.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: What the fuck?

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