G Farrugia Calleja: Because anything goes

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2018-02-21T20:16:12+00:00Wed, 21st Feb '18, 20:16|

By resident guest George Farrugia Calleja According to MaltaToday, and given that there hasn't been a denial, I suppose it's safe to believe them, Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera has been elected by her peers to sit on the Commission for the Administration of Justice. This august institution, not known for the eagerness with which it [...]

Pirate bay

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2018-02-21T15:31:40+00:00Wed, 21st Feb '18, 15:31|

The warning from Manfred Galdes that the ineffective enforcement of laws in the financial sector is damaging us with the rest of the world was echoed at around the same time by the CEO of HSBC Bank Malta. Andrew Beane spoke first to shareholders and later explained in some more detail to Keith Micallef what [...]

Whose job is it then?

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2018-02-21T19:58:37+00:00Wed, 21st Feb '18, 11:09|

Please. Please. Please watch the interview Jacob Borg had with Inspector Ian Abdilla. It reminded me of a late night TV show I used to watch: Mai Dire Gol. It was supposed to be about football though thankfully its actual football content was almost zero. They used to show extracts from TV interviews with players [...]

Passport sales “a back-door to money-launderers and tax evaders” – OECD

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2018-02-21T08:51:23+00:00Wed, 21st Feb '18, 08:51|

The OECD published a consultation paper warning against passport-sales schemes. They are “a back-door to money-launderers and tax evaders”. I realise that we have become collectively callous on the back of money we make from money-launderers and tax evaders but let’s at least be honest with ourselves if not with the rest of the world. [...]

The SLAPP challenge

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2018-02-21T07:42:09+00:00Wed, 21st Feb '18, 07:42|

PN MP Jason Azzopardi had proposed a private member’s bill to ban the enforcement of overseas defamation suits in Maltese courts. This ‘anti-SLAPP’ legislation is adopted by jurisdictions protecting their journalists from the chilling effect of libel tourism used by rich corporations to silence their critics with lawsuits filed in jurisdictions too expensive to even [...]