Malta Students Protest Campus Newspaper Censorship

Student staffers at a satirical campus newspaper and their supporters at the University of Malta are protesting school officials’ decision to block the newspaper’s distribution on campus due to a fiction piece in the current issue that they consider sexually obscene.  According to the Times of Malta, “The newspaper was banned by the University rector because it contained a short story about sexual violence which the University at first said was also discriminatory against women. In a later statement, it said the newspaper should have warned readers it was adult reading.”

The protest, organized by a student group named Front Against Censorship, involved 150 individuals gathered on a rainy day- banging drums, reading sexually explicit classic literature (including Lady Chatterley’s Lover), and burning copies of the newspaper in an attempt at extremely blatant symbolism.  Click here or on the image below to see video of the event.

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