Following the publishing of an article showing screenshots of a chat set up by students as an attempt to sway the audience to the University General Election Debate to one party’s side over another, Steve Zammit Lupi stressed that he was involuntarily added into the chat and his contribution was minimal and without pushing any propaganda.
On Facebook, Zammmit Lupi said the following:
“A number of posts and shares are doing the rounds on Facebook accusing myself that in a private group chat I have urged students to attend the upcoming University of Malta Election debate in attempt to ‘hijack’ or swerve the debate in favour of one party.
This is a blatant lie. Yes I was added in this group chat without my consent and left immediately. I actually urged students not to open any groups (Yes - apparently both ‘sides’ have groups) and I also personally written to all KSU members to stay away from any tribal games.
This debate is being organised by Third Eye and MUDU. KSU’s only involvement is that it provided MUDU with the platform to allow ALL University students to book their seats in the hall via our website. Nothing else. I’m disappointed that a few individuals have an agenda to throw mud towards us. Please grow up. We have exams in two weeks, and like all of my friends and colleagues, I would like to study and finish of my academic year without extra hassle. Please direct your political spins elsewhere.
- I have attached below images of my only involvement in this chat, exiting the group and also my warning to all KSU members to keep away of tribal politics regarding this said debate, which was posted on 10th May before all this broke out.”
Nicole Borg is a currently a 4th year student studying Communications and Theatre Studies. She joined Insite as a writer and editor in 2014/2015. Following she progressed to join the media team as Publications Officer in 2015/16. Currently she is the Executive Editor of Insite Malta for the term of 2016/17.