Month: February 2018

Slovakia/Malta: Contrasts and similarities

Slovakia/Malta: Contrasts and similarities

The similarities between the cases of Jan Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia are inescapable. Both investigated the collusion between criminals and politicians. Both investigated the laundering of proceeds from crime in property development. Both were threatened in their lives and yet continued to work. Until both were killed. There are several similarities also in the …

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The numbers game

The numbers game

British MPs yesterday grilled Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix, entirely sceptical of his claim that his firm did not retain any client during the Brexit referendum. They did get some answers on the firm’s work in the United States advising political candidates on how to “micro-target” voters through data emerging from records of their behaviour …

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BR: Murder in Malta. How corrupt is the island?

BR: Murder in Malta. How corrupt is the island?

This is a documentary broadcast on German National TV last week. Below is a loose English translation of the transcript. I should point out that some details, particularly from the interviews in Malta and English have gone through translations in both directions so in places they may not be completely accurate. “Murder on Malta – …

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Malta connection to Slovak businessman who threatened slain journalist

Malta connection to Slovak businessman who threatened slain journalist

One of the probable lines of inquiry into the assassination of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his girlfriend will be the affairs of major businessman Marian Kočner. A report on The Spectator today says that last September, Ján Kuciak filed a criminal motion against Marian Kočner, for threatening him. Kočner owned a flat in a …

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Zero tolerance for corruption

Zero tolerance for corruption

I will be away on a prior engagement on Friday but the action of Il-Kenniesa in Valletta with the theme ‘journalism is not a crime’ truly deserves the support of anyone who can make it. Reporters without Borders are also attending. Their lives too were transformed by the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. And barely …

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Definition of insanity

Definition of insanity

I used to think I could imagine how it might feel for the spin-doctors and the strategists of a suffering side of a poll to see their numbers stuck. The PN team had to dig deep into yesterday’s polls published by it-Torċa to find reasons for hope and they can’t have found much. Unless of …

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Slovak investigative journalist assassinated: he reported on corruption in his country

Slovak investigative journalist assassinated: he reported on corruption in his country

Jan Kuciak, a 27 year old Slovak journalist, has been found dead with his partner today in his home outside Bratislava. They were shot in an assassination believed to be connected to his work as a journalist. Kuciak’s last story looked at suspected tax fraud connected to a luxury apartment complex in Bratislava. The case …

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The politics of murder

The politics of murder

Yesterday I asked whether government has offered one or more of the three hoods accused of executing the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia immunity to turn state’s evidence. There obviously has been no official response. But some colleagues who work the beat have told me of conversations they had on just the subject with senior …

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G Farrugia Calleja: What a coincidence

G Farrugia Calleja: What a coincidence

By resident guest George Farrugia Calleja: In the very same week when allegations surface about how assorted MLP ministers did their level best to scrape up every single vote going by providing job after job after job in every single enterprise where you could find their sticky fingers, MaltaToday obligingly broke a “story” about how, …

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Term limits

Term limits

The National Constituent Assembly in the heady days of the French Revolution sat down to write the second ever constitution that would give sovereignty to the people. Upon concluding their great work, they resolved to forbid themselves from running for the legislative assembly of the new France. Their intentions were noble. They wanted everyone to …

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