Patrick Attard’s dismissal : back to the 1970s


Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party notes that the employment of Dr Ing. Patrick Attard has been terminated after he commented on The Times online with reference to a Gozo News item. Attard was critical of the manner in which the Church in Gozo is effecting Nadur farmers through contamination of a water source which is vital for their livelihood.

AD PRO Ralph Cassar said:”The Malta Resources Authority has terminated the employment of Attard on the pretext on an inexistent breach of professional secrecy. Attard has himself declared that his service to the MRA was in no way connected to water matters. It follows clearly that the dismissal of Patrick Attard is an attack on the right of freedom of expression : a throwback to the dark 70s and 80s when human rights in Malta were more observed in the breach.”

AD appeals to the Malta Resources Authority to undo the damage done immediately by reinstating Patrick Attard. An employee cannot be dismissed without prior warning and without being given the chance to defend himself. This goes against basic ethics.

Communications and IT spokesperson Henrik Piski added:”The Commissioner of Data Protection is asked to investigate the matter to find out how the information about the electronic activities of Patrick Attard have been transmitted to third parties without his consent.”

2 comments on “Patrick Attard’s dismissal : back to the 1970s

  1. Filwaqt li nikkundanna dak li gara lil Dr Patrick Attard, ma naqbilx li morna lura ghas-sebghinjiet u t-tmeninijiet. Gvern Laburista f’dak iz-zmien kien nehha l-omosesswalita minn att kriminali. Fis-sittinijiet konnha ghadna nqisu l-gays bhala kriminali.

    [Rachel : L-issue m’hiex l-omosesswalita. Izda d-drittijiet tal-bniedem li matul il-perjodu ta’ Gvern Laburista 1971-87 kienu mkasbrin kontinwament. Jekk trid ezempji naghtik kemm trid . Carmel]

  2. Ma naqbilx ghal kollox mieghek,

    1. Jekk l-issue mhix l-omosesswalita mela ghaliex tkecca mix-xoghol is-Sur Patrick Attard ?
    2. Jekk bejn 71-87 kien hemm tkasbir tad-drittijiet tal-bniedem, issa m’hemmx? Ghandna dan l-ewwel ezempju ta’ Dr Attard li proprju inti poggejt fil-blog tieghek.
    3. Ezempju iehor huwa inti stess Sur Cacopardo. B’mod fin nehhewk mill-MEPA.
    4. Kellna ex prim ministru li nstab hati li kiser id-drittijiet tal-bniedem u alla jbierek qisu ma gara xejn.

    (Rachel :Ir-raguni ghaliex tkecca Patrick hi cara : ghax kiteb fit-Times Online. Carmel)

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