Day: March 29, 2018

SCL/Cambridge Analytica shareholder decorated by Joseph Muscat’s government

SCL/Cambridge Analytica shareholder decorated by Joseph Muscat’s government

One of the shareholders of the SCL group (that set up Cambridge Analytica) was decorated by Malta with a medal of merit in 2015. Jonathan Peter Marland was made an honorary officer of the National Order of Merit by President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca in the government’s honours list on Republic Day 2015. Jonathan Marland …

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It’s too late to pretend Ali Sadr has nothing to do with Malta

It’s too late to pretend Ali Sadr has nothing to do with Malta

Ali Sadr’s arrest damages Malta. It does not matter he’s not accused of crimes committed in Malta. That’s only because he’s not being arraigned in Malta by Maltese authorities for breaching Maltese laws. But he’s been arraigned in the United States by US authorities for breaching American laws. It does not matter he’s not accused …

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‘The Liquidator’ is now ‘The Warden’

‘The Liquidator’ is now ‘The Warden’

Last November I wrote about political appointments that reduce our country’s ability to protect human rights. Here’s how I had reacted to Andy Ellul’s appointment to head the Monitoring Board for Detained Persons. “A prison monitoring board is not appointed to implement government policy. On the contrary it is set up by law under our …

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Andrea Purgatori contrasts the consequences of journalists being killed in Slovakia and Malta

Andrea Purgatori contrasts the consequences of journalists being killed in Slovakia and Malta

In his weekly Atlantide on La7 Andrea Purgatori yesterday discussed freedom of expression in a world of data manipulation, persecution of whistle-blowers and the killing of journalists. Here are links to two extracts from yesterday’s show. Data Killer, l’uccisione di Daphne Caruana Galizia nel racconto di Andrea Purgatori Data Killer, le società offshore a Malta …

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Panto banker

Panto banker

This is from last year’s La Valette u t-Tlett Muskuttieri Maltese language panto. There’s an Ali Sadr character singing an Abba tune. Din wahda mis-songs tal-panto li ghaddiet. Din is-sena……….. LA VALLETTE U T-TLIET MUSKETTIERI. Geplaatst door Tonio Bronk op woensdag 28 maart 2018 MONEY, MONEY, MONEY Jekk xi muniti msaddin, bhad-deheb u l-fidda nġibhom …

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The bank’s auditors

The bank’s auditors

In order for things to work we have to rely on audit firms to verify and certify claims made by companies. It is not a uniquely Maltese problem that audit firms end up facing dilemmas between their duty to act as independent officials in the public interest and service providers obliged to act on behalf …

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GUEST POST: Some implications of the Cambridge Analytica testimony

GUEST POST: Some implications of the Cambridge Analytica testimony

The following guest post was sent in by Ryan Murdock following my post with an excerpt from Christopher Wylie’s testimony to the House of Commons culture committee two days ago. In the meantime a link to the full testimony is provided below the post. I’m not sure how much your readers know about online social …

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