Dig deep

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2019-04-18T15:02:23+02:00Thu, 18th Apr '19, 15:02|

As anyone would, I have my views on an inter-island tunnel.  But that’s not what this blog post is about. As you might expect I have strongly held views on transport but because I worked in transport policy for some time I would rather avoid risking mixing issues here. This blog post is about what [...]

The shrinking of press freedom

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2019-04-18T13:41:22+02:00Thu, 18th Apr '19, 13:36|

REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi This Reuters photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi of the vigil last Tuesday was used by a number of publications as the appropriately accompanying piece reporting on the Reporters Without Borders review of the current state of play in media freedom -- and how Malta's ranking has toppled since it became [...]

Maybe not so efficient

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2019-04-18T13:22:30+02:00Thu, 18th Apr '19, 13:22|

Tuesday evening -- 40 hours before this post was written -- a vigil was held at the feet of the Great Siege Memorial in protest demanding truth and justice, 18 months after the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Our intrepid public cleansers have been since twice to wipe clean any hint of that protest. But [...]

GUEST POST: Embracing civil liberties – Benevolence, Respect and Dialogue

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2019-04-18T12:59:50+02:00Thu, 18th Apr '19, 12:59|

Call it authoritarianism, autocracy, dictatorship or just a rule of law in disguise; all members of the same family consistently gaining ground globally from the Americas to Europe to Asia. Orban, Erdogan, Maduro, Zuma, Duterte, Trump to mention a few. And yet Sheri Berman, a political science professor at Barnard College, opines that even in [...]

Magisterial Public Relations

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2019-04-18T07:43:06+02:00Thu, 18th Apr '19, 07:43|

It’s a funny old world where Magistrates-in-waiting feel the need to do some PR. But if you’ve been showered in consultancy contracts since the sun rose over Malta (to use a local idiom) in March 2013 you need to remind the world you exist beyond Chris Cardona’s grace and favour and your father-in-law Paul Lia’s [...]

It must be tough being Konrad Mizzi

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2019-04-18T07:13:35+02:00Thu, 18th Apr '19, 07:13|

Konrad Mizzi is asking the Constitutional Court to protect him from the government he works for. In a complaint to the Court he says the State should not be allowing anyone to ask for an inquiry into the Panama Papers. He says the procedure used by Simon Busuttil and separately by Repubblika allows people to [...]

#occupyjustice: Prime Minister, all eyes are on you

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2019-04-17T07:52:52+02:00Wed, 17th Apr '19, 07:52|

Press Release by #occupyjustice: Castille Square was a sea of activists holding up portraits of Daphne Caruana Galizia, to mark eighteen months since the journalist’s brutal assassination, an action reminiscent of the scene from the movie Being John Malkovich. The activists, gathered behind the slogan #occupyjustice, converged in front of the office of the Prime [...]

Premature judgement

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2019-04-15T17:47:12+02:00Mon, 15th Apr '19, 17:47|

The government is always warning us not to reach premature judgement. Was the drive-by shooting in Birżebbuġa last week a racially motivated crime? It is ‘irresponsible’ to answer that, we’re told, before such a thing is definitively ascertained by investigators. It’s only the last in a line of truth-dodging defense mechanisms put up by the [...]

The Daily Beast: Rich Russians and Maltese Passports

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2019-04-15T14:02:09+02:00Mon, 15th Apr '19, 14:02|

Read this follow-up feature about Russian millionaires buying Maltese passports. The story by Anna Nemtsova includes comments by Ilya Shumanov, the deputy head of Transparency International’s bureau in Moscow that showed The Daily Beast a list of 582 Russians who have bought E.U. passports in Malta just since the beginning of 2018. The group has [...]

The pot and the kettles

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2019-04-15T13:45:04+02:00Mon, 15th Apr '19, 13:45|

If the Prime Minister was making any attempt at logic yesterday, his record of contradictions, inconsistencies, gyrations and logical contortions came in his way. It is supremely ironic that he was complaining he could no longer handle other people’s hypocrisies when his are so manifest. He complained about the bible-bashing, procession-going Catholics who are celebrating [...]

Fair and foul journalism

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2019-04-15T12:46:08+02:00Mon, 15th Apr '19, 12:46|

Last October I wrote a piece ‘Journalism most foul, he said’ on this blog. I wrote it in response to an article published in the Sunday Times of Malta the day before, authored by the newspaper’s former editor, Steve Mallia. As I had written in my article, I never wanted to use my blog to [...]