THE SUNDAY TIMES: ‘La Mafia non esiste’

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2018-09-30T09:47:41+00:00Sun, 30th Sep '18, 09:47|

From my article in today's The Sunday Times: Photo: amnat30/Shutterstock.com "Sicilian courts have spent the past 70 years beating against the rubber wall of denial that organised crime even exists. In that context, they see the media and politics’ collaboration with the Mafia’s efforts to suppress awareness of its existence as an extension [...]

MARCH FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE: Valletta, 14th October, 2018.

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2018-10-14T08:22:24+00:00Sat, 29th Sep '18, 11:47|

Press release from #occupyjustice and manueldelia.com Bad governance effects us all. Corruption hurts us all. The allocation of valuable public land for an absurdly low price to the dB Group, the permit for them to erect a monstrous tower, the contempt shown to residents and protesters are a product of bad governance and corruption. People [...]

30 Italian journalists issue appeal to colleagues to join them at Malta gathering on 16th October

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2018-09-28T13:21:21+00:00Fri, 28th Sep '18, 13:21|

In a few days it will have been a year since Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed. Thirty Italian journalists have issued an appeal to colleagues in the profession to be in Malta on 16th October. The journalists insist on justice to be served on those who commissioned her assassination. The Italian journalists issued their appeal [...]

One more thing you must not know

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2018-09-28T11:35:05+00:00Fri, 28th Sep '18, 11:35|

Chris Cardona says the salaries we pay his staffers are a secret we are not entitled to discover. He also told the regulator he will not be sharing with him this secret in order to assess, according to the law, whether we should know. Chris Cardona makes a mockery of freedom of information law. He [...]

Guest Post: Theatre of the Absurd in Malta

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2018-09-28T10:32:07+00:00Fri, 28th Sep '18, 10:32|

A play by Lizzie Eldridge is premiering tonight as part of the Valletta 2018 program. The playwright is missing the premiere. Here she explains why. It’s a real privilege, you’d think, to have your work chosen as part of the programme for a European Capital of Culture.  And tonight, my play Friefet Bojod premieres at [...]

Meryl Streep: “True bravery is Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia”

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2018-09-28T10:04:30+00:00Fri, 28th Sep '18, 10:04|

In an open letter to Porter magazine’s winter issue, actress Meryl Streep defines “true bravery” when writing in defence of good journalism. “Bravery is terrifying and actual, bravado is a parade. We see enough examples of braggadocio and bravado strutting around on the public stage. True bravery is Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, blown up in [...]

Owen: not merely strange

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2018-09-28T09:13:45+00:00Fri, 28th Sep '18, 09:13|

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has made his first pronouncement. The fact that pronouncement happened to be about a lawyer and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is the outgoing President of the Chamber of Advocates is, in my view, entirely secondary. The Commissioner was speaking about a government Minister and a Member of Parliament. That [...]

Check out this Lovin Malta interview with Steve Hili

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2018-09-27T12:59:12+00:00Thu, 27th Sep '18, 12:59|

They say laughter is the best medicine. But I'm not a doctor so I wouldn't know. But sarcasm, irony, wit, mockery, satire, parody and humour are legitimate forms of protest. We do not resort to it often enough because it feels awkward to laugh at times like these. Let's shake the awkwardness off. Steve Hili [...]

Joe Brincat went to court

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2018-09-27T12:55:10+00:00Thu, 27th Sep '18, 12:49|

It was nice of Joseph Brincat to drop by in the constitutional case I filed against Owen Bonnici claiming his orders to censor the protest in front of the Law Courts was a breach of the rights to freedom of expression. You see Joseph Brincat is part of our history of human rights. He’s also [...]

Fake news central

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2018-09-27T13:32:24+00:00Thu, 27th Sep '18, 11:20|

Truth has become optional. It is extremely hard to justify the private jet debacle. Private jets carrying prime ministers -- Eddie Fenech Adami and Lawrence Gonzi -- have been the subject of super one scandals for generations. When a mid-level civil servant was flown on one to avoid cancelling her leave so a favourable vote [...]

Someone responded to Owen Bonnici’s premature enthusiasm

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2018-09-27T10:18:41+00:00Thu, 27th Sep '18, 10:18|

Owen Bonnici sprayed his shorts yesterday all gleeful that I withdrew the injunction request to stop him censoring the protest in front of the Law Courts. Of course he's been reading the papers and knows that at the same time I filed a constitutional case arguing he breached constitutional free speech safeguards. Joseph and Michelle [...]

A reply to Owen Bonnici

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2018-09-26T17:36:21+00:00Wed, 26th Sep '18, 17:36|

Owen Bonnici misled the public with a statement today suggesting I withdrew court action arguing his censorship of the protest in Great Siege Square is a breach of human rights. I have done no such thing. I have issued the below statement in response. Stqarrija bi tweġiba lill-Ministru Bonnici Nirreferi għall-istqarrija tal-lum tal-Ministru Owen Bonnici. [...]

Marionettes

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2018-09-26T12:31:12+00:00Wed, 26th Sep '18, 12:31|

So Joseph Muscat ‘disagreed’ with whoever decided a middle manager in the civil service with a vote that could make a difference between ruining Silvio Debono and making him a billionaire should be flown in and out of her holiday by private jet to be at the PA meeting. He sure can act powerless when [...]

In case you wondered if they would ignore us

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2018-09-26T10:07:58+00:00Wed, 26th Sep '18, 10:07|

The public cleansing department has confirmed it continues to remove flowers, candles and pictures left in Great Siege Square. They are not on the Great Siege Memorial. They are not obstructing any workers. They are not in the way of pedestrians. They are just there. And they remove them. Every night.

GUEST POST: Thank you letter to Edward Scicluna

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2018-09-26T12:34:11+00:00Wed, 26th Sep '18, 09:56|

Guest post by Anna Briffa in the form of a letter to Edward Scicluna. Dear Professor Scicluna, Very Few Crumbs I’m so glad I don’t even have to feign gratitude for the the measly €45 to €60 cheque that you so condescendingly distributed among workers. I didn’t get one. Not because I am a pensioner. [...]

How organised crime pays the media to make it look good

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2018-09-26T11:04:26+00:00Wed, 26th Sep '18, 09:44|

There’s an ongoing scandal in the Sicilian press that should be of interest to us. The Catania court has found that the media company that owns newspapers La Sicilia and La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno and TV stations Antenna Sicilia and Telecolor served the interests over many years of organised crime by ensuring that news on [...]

Protest is a duty

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2018-09-26T09:07:23+00:00Wed, 26th Sep '18, 09:07|

This is not about a memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia, Mr Martin Scicluna. She'd have hated the thought. This is about continuing the protest demanding justice in the face of government suppression. It's not even about where the protest congregates and what form it takes. It's about a government that thinks they can, just because [...]