The Civil Society Network has called for the resignation of Jason Micallef as head of the Valletta 1 Foundation following his disparaging remarks' on the social media about murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.  

On Saturday, Mr Micallef posted a picture of the big crowd for the St Patrick's Day celebration in St Julian's and in a twist of the last words written by murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, wrote: "St Patrick's Day in Malta. The situation is desperate. There is happy people everywhere you look."

He also attacked activists' freedom of speech by suggesting their actions of protest should be stopped, the network said.

It said Mr Micallef's 'divisive and insensitive attitude' was not worthy of the state official heading the European Capital City of Culture. Mr Micallef should therefore resign.

Mr Micallef has since, in another post, complained of offensive reactions to his post.