Day: October 8, 2018

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

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

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Treason

Treason

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 …

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Posters in the street

Posters in the street

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 …

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Stefan Grech guilty of anti-semitism and physical assault.

Stefan Grech guilty of anti-semitism and physical assault.

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 …

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

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

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Adrian Delia’s onibaba

Adrian Delia’s onibaba

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 …

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But she’s passionate about it

But she’s passionate about it

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 …

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A year of fire

A year of fire

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 …

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