You can’t be neutral on a moving train

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2017-10-23T23:04:44+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 22:59|

Unlike Michael Briguglio, Marie Briguglio and James Debono I have no intention of apologising or justifying myself for addressing yesterday’s demonstration in Valletta. I did not organise the event but I am grateful to those who did because if they hadn’t, no one else looked like they would. And there is space for as many [...]

The moral pressure from Europe

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2017-10-23T21:30:05+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 21:11|

The European Parliament is renaming its press conference hall in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The decision was announced by the Parliament's President Antonio Tajani this afternoon. The European Court today held a minute silence in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Three hundred members of staff from European institutions based in Luxembourg met to pay [...]

Lawyers demanding Courts go on strike

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2017-10-23T20:48:34+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 20:48|

Here's a transcript of a letter received this evening by judges, lawyers and court officials, demanding that until the Attorney General or the Commissioner of Police resign or are fired the courts should stop functioning. The letter asks the legal community to take into account the Chief Justice's own remarks that a national miscarriage of [...]

BREAKING: Lawyers ask judges and magistrates to strike until police chief and attorney general resign or are fired

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2017-10-23T18:09:59+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 18:09|

A group of lawyers including senior partners in some of the major Valletta law firms have written to judges and magistrates urging them to shut down court business until Lawrence Cutajar and Peter Grech resign or are fired. Sources told this website a number of members on the bench support the initiative. More soon ...

GUEST POST: We are responsible

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2017-10-23T14:18:01+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 14:18|

By Martha Gatt When on that fateful Monday afternoon, I heard about Daphne’s assassination I realised that although shocked to the bone, I wasn’t surprised. But I felt hugely responsible. In all honesty, possibly at an unconscious level, I had been expecting this. In this country of ours, over the past four years and seven [...]

Business as usual

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2017-10-23T12:40:06+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 12:40|

While the worldwide press watches, reports and comments in shock at the political and institutional collapse in Malta; while people march in the streets demanding for deep changes in the political and institutional realities of Malta; while a journalist is blown up in a car bomb the like of which Malta has never seen, the [...]

Wipe that smirk off your face!

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2017-10-23T12:03:51+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 11:49|

It was galling to see Konrad Mizzi sauntering into the Parliamentary chamber last Friday like he had a new set of golf clubs to show at the club. Daphne Caruana Galizia had been dead less than 4 days. Simon Busuttil was addressing the House, visibly moved and shaken, honouring her memory. Konrad Mizzi saunters in [...]

Defiance

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2017-10-23T11:17:14+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 11:17|

When the police removed the banner "Mafia State" unfurled on City Gate an hour before the protest march starting from there yesterday, they enacted in a highly significant and symbolic gesture the extent of the suppression of free speech we have reached. The police broke the fundamental precepts of our laws. They over-stepped their authority [...]

Oh the pettiness. The mediocrity.

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2017-10-23T09:24:26+00:00Mon, 23rd Oct '17, 09:16|

So the local football federation could not bring itself to cancel Sunday's football fixtures in the wake of the political assassination that happened a few days before. But as a gesture of solidarity they had players unfurl a banner saying largely the right things. The club of sports reporters came out in condemnation of this [...]