Malta, former government official acquitted of threatening journalist
LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Neville Gafà, a former official at the Office of the Maltese Prime Minister has been acquitted of threatening Italian journalist Nello Scavo last summer. The Court ruled that there was insufficient evidence and that the comment was more political than a threat.
The case goes back to a Tweet made in June 2020 by Neville Gafa telling Scavo “Stop your dirty business. If not, we will stop you.” The comment was made on a post by the humanitarian NGO Alarm Phone. The journalist who works with the Italian newspaper ‘L’Avvenirè had asked on Twitter to who was the threat meant, and who the “we” was referring to in Gafà’s tweet.
In an immediate comment, Scavo declared “these legal proceedings have allowed me to get to know at first hand the reality in which journalists in Malta live and the climate of continual tension they live in and the constant belittling of the work they do”.
The journalist who has been given police protection in Italy because of threats by the Mafia said that he “will not stop from supporting my Maltese colleagues who have bravely taken on the mantle from the works of Daphne Caruana Galizia and who fight to keep her memory alive”.