Sakharov Laureate Ali Ferzat will be delivering a lecture on Friday 18 November from 10:00 to 12:00 in the University Common Room, Msida Campus.
Ali Ferzat is Syria's best-known political satirist and cartoonist, and one of the Arab's world's most famous cultural figures. In 2012 he was voted as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
In August 2011, Ferzat was attacked in Damascus and badly beaten by masked men who broke his hands, while shouting at him to respect President Bashar al-Assad. The European Parliament awarded him the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, later that year, for 'pushing the boundaries of freedom of expression in Syria and the entire Arab world.'
As part of its duty to communicate the values of the European Parliament, the European Parliament Information Office in Malta has invited Mr Ali Ferzat in Malta to deliver the Sakharov Lecture at the University of Malta Msida Campus.
This event is being held in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and the Institute of European Studies of the University of Malta.