The question of public interest

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2018-10-31T14:46:57+00:00Wed, 31st Oct '18, 13:48|

I am not surprised at the reaction out there to the story I published this morning about Nickie Vella de Fremeaux asking her husband Adrian Delia for a separation. The reaction is exactly what I expected it to be and it's not a joy ride I can tell you. There are people who for genuine [...]

Covering up corruption is corrupt

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2018-10-31T13:11:11+00:00Wed, 31st Oct '18, 13:11|

There are two important stories in today’s Times of Malta that need attention and need some connecting as I see it. On page 4 of the print edition, there’s Ivan Camilleri’s court report of Magistrate Ian Farrugia criticising Minister Evarist Bartolo for sitting on information of corruption of a member of his staff. It’s the [...]

Nickie Vella de Fremeaux asks Adrian Delia for separation

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2018-10-31T01:30:59+00:00Wed, 31st Oct '18, 01:30|

Nickie Vella de Fremeaux, the spouse of Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia, has asked her husband for a separation, this website is informed. The communication was sent last week in a formal letter sent to Adrian Delia at his office at the headquarters of the Nationalist Party in Pieta’. The letter was signed by [...]

You’re being watched

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2018-10-29T16:42:26+00:00Mon, 29th Oct '18, 16:42|

Photo: Washington Post Facial recognition technology is coming our way. If you’re in Paceville or in Marsa the government will know it. You might argue that is because the places are unsafe and law enforcement needs all the help it can get to bring order where there is none. But the consequences could [...]

Are you a victim of corruption?

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2018-10-29T14:56:57+00:00Mon, 29th Oct '18, 14:56|

It can be said of any tragedy. It would be funny if it wasn’t just so damn wrong. Simon Busuttil was told by the Constitutional Court this morning the Attorney General was wrong to say that the safeguards on a fair trial do not apply to the case of the Panama Gang’s appeal from a [...]

I don’t have to like it to know it’s right

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2018-10-29T12:14:46+00:00Mon, 29th Oct '18, 12:14|

I have had some reason to reflect about professional solidarity between journalists these last few days, or lack of it. I wasn’t really thinking about solidarity with me. I’m new on the block and every professional in any profession will tell you, you earn the respect of your peers with years of commitment and hard [...]

When murdering journalists becomes commonplace

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2018-10-29T11:24:14+00:00Mon, 29th Oct '18, 11:24|

The following is from a piece by Frank Vogl, co-founder of Transparency International and author of Waging War on Corruption: "At a recent conference on global corruption in Copenhagen, Matthew Caruana Galizia talked about the killing of his mother. Her articles were increasingly shining a spotlight on systematic corruption across the Maltese government. Daphne Caruana [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: More than a mile

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2018-10-28T12:02:59+00:00Sun, 28th Oct '18, 12:02|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: Photo: Chris Sant Fournier "The hope that energises the campaign for truth and justice is not the promise of final victory. Hope comes from the fact that disobeying an illegitimate order, protesting, reminding what others would rather be forgotten, placing flowers and candles in protest [...]

Truth and Justice (PEN, CPJ, IPI, RSF)

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2018-10-27T14:28:57+00:00Sat, 27th Oct '18, 14:28|

Speech by Carles Torner, PEN International. Dr Carles Torner is the Executive Director of PEN International, the international secretariat of 150 PEN centres worldwide which work to promote freedom of expression and literature and defend writers at risk. He is an award-winning Catalan poet and essayist. Speech by Courtney Radsch, Committee to Protect Journalists. Dr Courtney Radsch [...]

Steve Mallia’s statement

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2018-10-27T14:03:25+00:00Sat, 27th Oct '18, 14:03|

Following is the full, unedited text of Mr Steven Mallia's recent press statement. Needless to say, my response will be filed in court at the appropriate juncture. Former Times of Malta editor to sue Manuel Delia for libel over malicious and unfounded allegations  I was actively involved in journalism for over two decades. Throughout that time [...]

NHK: Malta’s call for Justice

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2018-10-27T07:55:57+00:00Sat, 27th Oct '18, 07:55|

Japanese world service TV NHK covered the events of October 16th marking one year since the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia in a feature broadcast worldwide two days ago. Here's a link to their report which includes an interview with Occupy Justice activist Pia Zammit.

MFSA answers: a receptionist is taking your calls

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2018-10-27T17:30:06+00:00Fri, 26th Oct '18, 13:44|

The Communications Department at the MFSA picked up the story that they chose a rough week to have a Friday out of the office. They issued this statement in response: "Dear Editors, "The MFSA refers to reports in the media concerning an event for all staff which has been planned and organised for training and [...]

EPT1: Reporters Without Bosses

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2018-10-27T17:30:13+00:00Fri, 26th Oct '18, 13:34|

Greek National TV ran a documentary the evening before last about independent internet journalism and included a segment about this website. The blurb for the documentary says: "It is the dream of many journalists, but there are few who dare it. Being able to practice their profession without commitments from some businessmen-bosses and without being [...]

MFSA: out for the day

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2018-10-26T13:38:00+00:00Fri, 26th Oct '18, 09:59|

One bank they regulate is under administration because its owner is indicted in the United States and is the guest of the FBI. Pilatus Bank: check. Another bank they regulate is in control of an auditor because of money laundering breaches and its customers need to prove they are desperate for their money before they’re [...]

Chris Cardona’s memory

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2018-10-25T22:54:03+00:00Thu, 25th Oct '18, 22:52|

Chris Cardona gave a controlled interview to Saviour Balzan today, perhaps making up for not answering questions from NBC about how well he knew a journalist's alleged assassins. Or maybe he was making up for the fact he's so far dodged testifying under oath to what he told Saviour Balzan today to avoid prosecution for [...]

Kasco having a good day

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2018-10-25T17:49:59+00:00Thu, 25th Oct '18, 17:49|

When the Egrant inquiry came out Konrad Mizzi addressed his Ministry-bought camera full of glee saying the inquiry vindicated him. It had done nothing of the sort of course. It had nothing to do with him at all. No inquiry has been conducted into why he set up a Panama company, why he committed on [...]