Support artists calling for the resignation of ECOC Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef

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More than 100 Maltese artists, authors and arts professionals are calling for the resignation of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture Chairman Mr Jason Micallef. If you believe that using artists, culture and Valletta 2018, for political expedience is shocking and outrageous support the artists and endorse the letter. 

The open letter sent to the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Minister for Culture Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista states the following:

We, artists, authors and arts managers write to you to express our concern that the legacy of Valletta 2018 as European Capital of Culture is seriously jeopardised by the actions of Mr. Jason Micallef, Chairman of the Valletta 2018 Foundation. His ongoing derogatory public comments about the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia do not reflect the European objectives and principles of the Capital of Culture initiative. As chairman of Valletta 2018 Foundation, Mr Micallef has been appointed by you to represent a European project, including ourselves, as laid out in European legislation. The role of a Chairman of a European Capital of Culture cannot be partisan in attitude and purposely divisive in action.

In addition, we would like to recall the number of instances that Mr. Micallef used his role as Chairman of the European Capital of Culture to publicly ridicule and attack artists who criticised and satirised those in power. His role as Chairman should be to safeguard this right, not to threaten it. 

Using artists, culture and Valletta 2018 for political expedience is shocking and outrageous.  

The irresponsible and embarrassing actions of Mr. Micallef are leaving irreparable damage to the reputation, programme and leadership of Valletta 2018.  This is a legacy that the Maltese cultural sector does not need or want.

We, the undersigned reiterate the call for his immediate resignation.

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