Planning Authority convenes on a Saturday to urgently approve a permit for Joseph Muscat’s Burmarrad home

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2018-04-07T15:20:59+01:00Sat, 7th Apr '18, 15:19|

Planning Authority staff have been called in at the last minute on a Saturday morning for "urgent work" to find that they were called to process and approve an application by a "Dr Joseph Muscat" for some interior decoration at his Burmarrad home. "Dr Joseph Muscat" is obviously Malta's prime minister who has today, on [...]

“Daphne” A film by La Repubblica and 42° Parallelo

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2018-04-07T15:02:12+01:00Sat, 7th Apr '18, 14:57|

This website is hosting the first viewing in Malta of a film by Italian news organisation La Repubblica and documentary makers 42° Parallelo. The film "Daphne" will first be shown in Perugia, Italy, at the International Journalism Festival. The first Malta viewing is being held on 21st April, 2018 at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall, [...]

At least you’ll never run out of fuel

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2018-04-07T14:37:48+01:00Sat, 7th Apr '18, 14:37|

The comments around Graffiti’s action at the Planning Authority this week are so loaded with irony that the young guys who took that action must feel perfectly entitled to feel pride for what they did. One remark was classic MDA. Developers speak like Frankenstein’s monster in the Boris Karloff classics: why don’t people realise he’s [...]

G Leone Ganado on Malta’s ranking in the Corruption Perception Index

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2018-04-07T14:35:14+01:00Sat, 7th Apr '18, 13:52|

Godfrey Leone Ganado analyses Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perception Index and highlights some important conclusions: To start with, corruption is generally defined as “the misuse of public power for private benefit”. In its summary, the Report highlights that Malta’s ranking dropped from an average ranking of 38th between 2004 and 2015, dropping to 47th in [...]

The Malta sample harvested by Cambridge Analytica was proportionately second largest in Europe

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2018-04-07T13:27:09+01:00Sat, 7th Apr '18, 13:27|

Sometimes we have to spell the basics out. I've seen online trolls reacting to the news that Cambridge Analytica harvested 6,000 Facebook accounts from Malta speak like the proper idiots they are. One retort is 'why be too bothered about 6,000 accounts when Labour's majority was of 40,000?' The logic -- oh what a mistaken [...]

American Journalists and Authors honour Daphne Caruana Galizia with ‘Conscience in Media Award’

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2018-04-07T13:10:07+01:00Sat, 7th Apr '18, 13:10|

“The Conscience in Media award recognizes journalists who knowingly have endured great personal costs while pursuing the highest tenets of their profession,” says Sherry Beck Paprocki, president of ASJA. This selective award has been presented only twelve times since 1975. This is no fetishistic album of cuttings of awards and prizes given to a favourite [...]

Cambridge Analytica mined Facebook data in Malta because someone used its services here

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2018-04-07T12:34:43+01:00Sat, 7th Apr '18, 12:34|

More evidence is emerging that Cambridge Analytica harvested data from Malta Facebook accounts. Why did it need it? Because it could profit from using that data by providing services to a client here. Cambridge Analytica and its mother company SCL have a very specific type of client: political parties or political candidates. Someone in Malta [...]