Month: September 2018

Self-assessment

Self-assessment

The prime minister ruling out an independent inquiry into what the state could have done to prevent the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia and to determine whether there is any responsibility by state actors in the occurrence is an abhorrent decision. It belies his claim that he would leave ‘no stone unturned’ to find out …

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A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Conclusion)

A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Conclusion)

This is the concluding analysis in Godfrey Leone Ganado’s 10-part review of the findings of the Egrant inquiry: Background An analysis of 49 pages of the conclusions of the magisterial inquiry report containing around 1500 pages, which was published by the Attorney General, and a copy of which, he gave the Prime Minister probably not …

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Constitutional claim to protect freedom of expression

Constitutional claim to protect freedom of expression

This week I am filing a constitutional case against the government for what I argue is the breach of my fundamental right to free expression. The matter was covered this morning in The Sunday Times. Of course this is not about me, or just about me. Over 11 months thousands of people stepped up to …

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We serve whites only

We serve whites only

Malta Today’s story about a band club in Marsa banning black people is hard reading. The committee denies the policy exists though the journalist, Karl Azzopardi, does his own checking and confirms with the barman  racial profiling of visitors is indeed the order of the day. I don’t think this surprises anyone. Surely people realise …

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Iris Rohmann: It feels like watching a bad play

Iris Rohmann: It feels like watching a bad play

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom continues to closely monitor developments, such as they are, here in Malta since Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed almost a year ago. Iris Rohmann has been coming to Malta regularly and she says “it feels like watching a bad play”. I would add to that, watching a …

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The lesson from Malta

The lesson from Malta

The Economist magazine 1843 published a long story entitled ‘Murder in Malta’. It’s written by Athens based journalist Alexander Clapp and here’s one paragraph you should read first: “The lesson from Malta is not that journalists can be killed in tranquil places. This has always been the case. But, as Nicholas Shaxson, author of ‘Treasure …

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Because you thought today was Independence Day

Because you thought today was Independence Day

It’s not a rhetorical question. What is ‘independence’ for you? Is it citizenship? Look at this British company selling Maltese citizenship to people who have never been here and never want to be. Who have never contributed to the wellbeing of this community and never mean to. Who have to look up Malta on the …

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Partit Demokratiku also condemns censorship of protest memorial

Partit Demokratiku also condemns censorship of protest memorial

Partit Demokratiku issued this statement earlier today. Minister Owen Bonnici’s recent handling of the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial issue is further proof that the Labour party has metamorphosed from the broad church it portrays itself to be to an intolerant cult which stops at nothing when it comes to erasing uncomfortable reminders and activities to …

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(Socialist, Green, Liberal and Popular) MEPs say the removal of the Daphne makeshift memorial is ‘unacceptable’

(Socialist, Green, Liberal and Popular) MEPs say the removal of the Daphne makeshift memorial is ‘unacceptable’

Liberal Democract Sophie in t’ Veld, Green Sven Giegold, Socialist Josef Weidenholzer, and Popular Party Roberta Metsola heard from activists how the government, by order of Justice Minister Owen Bonnici, has removed, repeatedly, mementoes left at a makeshift memorial set up when Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed. In remarks to the press today they called this …

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