Feeling Aggrieved by Zarb’s online hate speech rant?

You can use our standard text to file a police complaint and/or send a letter to the NCPE

 

1. File a Police Complaint

Any person who feels aggrieved by the online hate speech rant published by Mr. Zarb on the 26th October, 2017 from his Facebook page may file a complaint with the police in two ways:

Online:

Go to the Online Police Reporting System: 
https://pulizija.gov.mt/opres/declaration.asp?rtyp=1 and click the first tab in the left hand corner “Rapport ta’ Att Kriminali”. This will lead you to two pages:

page 1. select “theddid” in drop down menu

page 2. insert personal details

Insert this standard Text in the box “Iddeskrivi l-inċident”:

On  26 October, 2017 Mr. Tony Zarb published threatening, abusive or insulting words with intent to stir up violence or hatred against a group on the ground of their gender and their political opinions. Mr Zarb wrote the following words in reference to a group of women who gathered for a peaceful protest in Valletta on the same night of the 26th October.

The published text is reproduced verbatim here:

Dawn marru post bi zball flock Kastilja suppost marru Strda Stretta u morru lura ghas sittnijiet henn kienu ikunu fil veru post taghhom ghax hemm ikun hemm hafna xi sahhnu.
Dawn huma qatta Tradditturi ta Malta ghax jaghmlu parti min corma Assassini li biex jahtfu l-Poter jaslu biex jaghmlu kollox.
Perswaz li jekk ihossu l-kesha issubu min issahanhom

This clearly breaches Article 82A(1) and (2) of the Criminal Code and amounts to the incitement of hatred in respect of a particular group based on gender and political or other belief. Screenshots of the published text can be presented on request.

N.B. You should receive a confirmation by email of your report which will give you a reference number and date of your report.

At a Police Station:

You can use our standard wording to file a complaint at your local police station. You should also receive a reference number and a copy of your report.

2. National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE)

Although, the NCPE only investigates individual complaints relating to discriminatory action at the place of work, provision of goods and services and the like. The Commissioner, Ms. Renee Laiviera, with the assistance of the Commission has the obligation under the Equality for Men and Women Act to monitor the implementation of national policies with respect to the promotion of equality for men and women and to work towards the elimination of discrimination between men and women.

You can send this standard letter to the NCPE to renee.laiviera@gov.mt; equality@gov.mt:

Dear Ms. Laiviera,

On 26 October, 2017 Mr. Tony Zarb published threatening, abusive or insulting words with intent to stir up violence or hatred against a group on the ground of their gender and their political opinions. Mr Zarb wrote the following words in reference to a group of women who gathered for a peaceful protest in Valletta on the same night of the 26th October.

The published text is reproduced verbatim here:

Dawn marru post bi zball flock Kastilja suppost marru Strda Stretta u morru lura ghas sittnijiet henn kienu ikunu fil veru post taghhom ghax hemm ikun hemm hafna xi sahhnu. 
Dawn huma qatta Tradditturi ta Malta ghax jaghmlu parti min corma Assassini li biex jahtfu l-Poter jaslu biex jaghmlu kollox. 
Perswaz li jekk ihossu l-kesha issubu min issahanhom

We ask you to condemn and investigate such hated-filled and misogynistic statements which were published by Mr. Zarb, a public figure and former secretary general of the General Workers’ Union. Women should feel confident and safe that they have the protection and backing of Malta’s main equality body.
They should feel certain that any public figure calling them whores, traitors and assassins simply because they had the audacity to let their voices be heard would be condemned without reservations by the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality.
Lastly, perpetrators need to be shown that there will be zero tolerance of this kind of gender-based hatred.
  
 
Regards,
 

[name]

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