Opinionated, loud and eager to share our views is how most would describe the Maltese. But having your voice heard tends to come at the cost of unwanted exposure.
Student media organisations The Third Eye, The Yuppie and Insite have all come together to solve this issue – at least as far as University level goes – through their a new organisation, Speak.
Recognising that public debates on the island tend to be highly politicised, Speak are trying to bring the civility back to conversation by creating a safe space for people to share their views without any political bias. Through Speak, students will be able to challenge, debate and discuss major issues in Malta.
“Speak is going to get students and youths to break the mould, question what has been imposed and make their voice heard”
Speak will be a monthly event where discussions, panels, and seminars will be held and organised by the three student media organisations, who plan to also invite speakers to the planned sessions for a more professional outlook on the discussions.
“Open discussion is imperative for a functioning society,” Insite representative and Speak member Emma Asciak said. Julia Cini, a member of The Yuppie and Speak, explained that they hope to “keep it as non-political as possible, while also talking about current affairs.”
“Universities for centuries have been at the forefront of radical ideas, cultural change, and debate, and we aim to bring that back”
Students, this is your chance to discuss new ideas, question authorities, and incite change.
Speak was just launched at 11am this morning, so stay tuned to see what they’re about to bring to the university!