Musicians who work in the public sector have warned they have received threats they could lose their jobs if they play at an upcoming open-air concert in Valletta in honour of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The concert will take place on 11th November outside Parliament and is open to all musicians and singers. However, informed sources told Lovin Malta some musicians have been warned by people high up in government they risk losing their jobs if they attend. This website is in possession of more details, but has chosen to preserve them so as to safeguard the workers’ jobs.
The concert aims to heal the nation’s wounds caused by Caruana Galizia’s assassination through the universal unifier of music.
“Not everything is about red or blue or green or any one colour; and coming from right in the middle of the beautiful, alluring Mediterranean, we should certainly know,” the organisers said in a Facebook event. “Let us show the world what Maltese people are really like. Let us show everyone that we stand up for what is right; and that we can come together.”
The concert will take place on 11th November outside Parliament
“We have, throughout our rich history, been resilient, proud and brave. I am hugely proud of being Maltese and I want to remain so. I believe in justice, integrity and dignity at all time. I condemn corruption; and anyone who is using the abhorrent assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia for political mileage. I will always stand by what is right. I am a pacifist; I uphold truth, honour, respect and values; and I choose to believe in unity and in the good in man.”
“Let us keep on believing in what is right. Let us stand together as a nation that will stand up to corruption. Let us never be afraid of speaking out for truth to prevail. Let our country stand proud and together once more.”
The concert is being organised by conductor Michelle Castelletti and violinist Jean Noel Attard. The organisers have warned politically antagonising placards, banners or items will not be permitted at the concert, and have instead encouraged people to bring with them images signifying unity or placards with positive hashtags like #unity, #honour, #dignity, and #Malta.
The news that musicians had received threatening phonecalls from people high up in the government was condemned by Nationalist MEP Francis Zammit Dimech.
“Such threats are utterly despicable and not acceptable in a democratic society,” he said. “Government should have done the exact opposite: encourage the musicians to participate and facilitate matters for them.”
Partit Demokratiku MP Marlene Farrugia and the Civil Society Network also condemned the news by mocking the Labour Party’s recent pre-electoral campaign slogan: “The best of days”.
Culture and justice minister Owen Bonnici categorically denied he or parliamentary secretary Deo Debattista had threatened the musicians, indeed saying he had first heard about the concert earlier today.
“If this story is true, then I unreservedly condemn such acts,” he said. “Everybody has the right to perform, and I’m ready to personally speak to any musicians who may have received threats.”