Day: April 12, 2018

“Malta’s whitewashed tombs”: poet laureate of other European Capital of Culture

“Malta’s whitewashed tombs”: poet laureate of other European Capital of Culture

This year Leeuwarden and Valetta are joint European Capitals of Culture. Leeuwarden is the regional capital of Frisia, which has its own language, Frisian, the second official language in the Netherlands. They have a poet laureate in Frisia. He has to write 6 to 10 poems a year. His name is Eeltsje Hettinga. He chose to …

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International free speech organisations concerned about Malta

International free speech organisations concerned about Malta

Article 19, English PEN, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, International Press Institute, PEN International and Reporters without Borders released today a review of press freedom and free speech in Malta. When Malta was last reviewed for these issues before 2013 there had been no adverse comments. But the report finds that “since …

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Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia on Greek refusal to extradite Maria Efimova

Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia on Greek refusal to extradite Maria Efimova

The following is a statement by Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia: Today’s decision of the court in Athens to reject Malta’s request for Maria Efimova’s extradition and to release her from custody is welcome news. But it is an indictment of Malta’s collapsing rule of law and its government’s drive to persecute rather than …

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Don’t expect them to give up

Don’t expect them to give up

It would be naïve in the extreme to think that Maria Efimova’s tormentors will give up now. Today’s decision in Greece slows them down but she’s nowhere near out of the woods. Think about it. The brutal elimination of Daphne Caruana Galizia did not stop her sons’ torment, or her husband’s. No opportunity is lost …

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Maria Efimova protected by Greek Court from Joseph Muscat’s gang

Maria Efimova protected by Greek Court from Joseph Muscat’s gang

The courts of an EU member states have judged Malta an unsafe place for a whistle-blower and a witness to corruption at the highest levels of government. The courts of that EU member state are right. It is a relief to see Maria Efimova sheltered from the clutches of Joseph Muscat and his henchmen. Lawrence …

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