La Repubblica: Chris Cardona lied about not knowing Alfred Degiorgio. Call logs hidden from inquiring magistrate.

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2018-10-08T18:46:00+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 18:46|

La Repubblica reports today that two witnesses have told Magistrate Neville Camilleri that on 29 June 2017, four months before the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Minister Chris Cardona and lead assassin Alfred Degiorgio accused of killing Daphne Caruana Galizia, met at a bachelor’s party in a villa in Fawwara. This contradicts public statements made [...]

Free speech organisations tell UN free expression in Malta has “deteriorated significantly”

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2018-10-08T18:04:25+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 18:04|

PEN International, Article 19, Reporters without Borders, the International Press Institute and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom have updated their report to the United Nations on free speech in Malta ahead of a UN review due in November. "Since 2013, the climate for freedom of expression has deteriorated significantly in Malta, in [...]

Treason

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2018-10-08T17:12:54+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 16:46|

For the benefit of readers of this blog who do not live here or speak the language, I am translating here a report on the Labour Party’s “news” website published earlier today.  A month-long campaign against Malta takes off “It conditions the way you work. The way you think about your own country.” October will [...]

Posters in the street

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2018-10-08T13:34:07+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 13:29|

Look at these posters hung on the streets of Perugia. Owen Bonnici is not sending Ministry officials to remove them at night. The same way protest banners are removed here within hours of being nicely tied with plastic cables ties to railings. The same way paid for posters, on billboards that have advertised beer and [...]

Stefan Grech guilty of anti-semitism and physical assault.

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2018-10-08T11:51:49+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 11:44|

A Belgian Court has sentenced Stefan Grech for incitement to hatred and anti-Semitic assault. The defendant, who has been sentenced to pay 500 euros of non-pecuniary damage to the victim and one symbolic euro to anti-racism organisation Unia, will have to follow training in tolerance and the fight against anti-Semitism, among others. Stefan Grech had tried [...]

International and Malta NGOs back call for independent inquiry into assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-10-08T11:26:07+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 11:26|

Twenty-two international NGOs and Malta’s human rights organisations Aditus, Integra Foundation and the Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta, backed the call for a public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The call was made in a letter delivered today to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The organisations represent between them thousands of [...]

Guest post: Prosit-Proset Tassew Onorevoli Owen Bonnici: No Stone Left Unturned?

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2018-10-08T11:12:30+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 11:12|

By Lizzie Eldridge: Prosit-proset, Ministru, for your reply to my article published last Monday which described in detail our conversation of Tuesday 18th September 2018, only days after you gave direct orders for flowers and candles to be removed from the now barricaded monument in Great Siege Square. Oh, you ordered that to be boarded [...]

Adrian Delia’s onibaba

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2018-10-08T10:48:19+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 10:48|

That remark by Adrian Delia yesterday about the horror of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis teaching “our children” was not an accident. I am infuriated by people who try to guess which handler of Adrian Delia’s mishandled the situation.  Being cut off from civilisation all your life, having an isolated existence where you think American 1980s action [...]

But she’s passionate about it

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2018-10-08T10:06:41+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 10:06|

Simone Cini is, no doubt, a smart woman. Her time at Super 1, not always being as smart as her intellect should suggest, should not disqualify her from making headway in her career. She made it to Commissioner for Gender-Based and Domestic Violence, we now hear. The Sunday Times yesterday asked her what her credentials [...]

A year of fire

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2018-10-08T09:18:52+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 09:18|

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb 51 weeks ago.  There are many hard hearts around us that rejoice at that fact. And many more barely polite enough to suppress their glee. And there are many who are indifferent as some are indifferent to people who drown at sea while still ramping up [...]

It’s your job to know

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2018-10-08T09:10:54+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 09:10|

After Edward Scicluna’s embarrassing admission that he had not picked up Vera Jourova’s message that Malta was about to be whipped hard by the EU Commission over its bad handling of banking regulation, the technocrats we pay to get Edward Scicluna to understand what he does not pick up for himself go to the local [...]

Viktoria Marinova: Another journalist has been killed

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2018-10-08T08:48:53+00:00Mon, 8th Oct '18, 08:48|

Europe is a dangerous place for journalists. Fifty-one weeks after the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, 30-year old TV journalist Viktoria Marinova’s body was found dumped in a park near the Danube in Bulgaria. Viktoria Marinova’s last work had been to interview two other Bulgarian journalists, Attila Biro and Dimitar Soyanov, who were arrested in [...]