Eddie Aquilina: Owen Bonnici’s ministry

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2018-10-05T08:58:53+02:00Fri, 5th Oct '18, 08:58|

Valletta, the evening of 5th October 2018, before Owen's droogs walked by. From Eddie Aquilina's article in this morning's Times of Malta: "Surely Bonnici knows that the first minister to resign in Slovakia when Jan Kuciak was killed was the culture minister. There was no suggestion he had anything to do with the [...]

All hail Tony too?

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2018-10-04T15:39:01+02:00Thu, 4th Oct '18, 15:39|

https://youtu.be/_f7hkD4P9kA It is right for Adrian Delia, as leader of the PN, to accept the General Workers’ Union invitation to speak at their anniversary conference. It’s perfectly civil to do so. He’s also right to acknowledge their valuable contribution to the country’s history and well being. There’s no doubt that apart from the great sweeps [...]

Edward Scicluna, was the hope drunk?

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2018-10-04T14:27:30+02:00Thu, 4th Oct '18, 14:27|

  Read this extract from this morning’s digest (Brussels Playbook) in Politico. I’m reproducing here but here’s the link to the original. “DIPLOMATIC INCIDENT I: Malta’s Finance Minister Edward Scicluna was unpleasantly surprised when he opened Wednesday’s newspapers and read this FT story. In it, Justice Commissioner Vĕra Jourová announced she’s preparing to issue a binding order [...]

Freedom Lecture in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-10-09T08:17:33+02:00Wed, 3rd Oct '18, 14:24|

#Occupyjustice and this website are hosting a 'Freedom Lecture' to be delivered by the BBC's John Sweeney on Monday 15th October 2018 at at 18:45 at the University of Malta. Mr Sweeney has worked with The Observer newspaper, as well as the BBC programmes Panorama and Newsnight. Through the years Mr Sweeney’s work [...]

Free to shut you up

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2018-10-03T09:27:44+02:00Wed, 3rd Oct '18, 09:26|

Eddy Privitera has got the same briefing note of Joe Brincat, and others in the Labour Party, that are spinning the ‘freedom of speech” argument to the point of absurdity. They don’t mind sounding absurd if they take down with them arguments they cannot defeat. In his letter to Times of Malta Eddy Privitera says [...]

Anġlu Farrugia may be on to something

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2018-10-02T17:58:00+02:00Tue, 2nd Oct '18, 17:58|

I find Anġlu Farrugia’s motivation for blocking Karol Aquilina’s question in Parliament for Joseph Muscat to table the Egrant inquiry, exquisitely fascinating. You know, the man, strangely enough, maybe on to something. He says Karol Aquilina’s demand of Joseph Muscat regarding the Egrant inquiry is inadmissable “because the Prime Minister is not answerable to Parliament [...]

Italian Parliament convenes meeting to honour Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-10-02T16:22:31+02:00Tue, 2nd Oct '18, 16:21|

The Deputy President of the Italian lower house of Parliament, Maria Edera Spadoni from government coalition party Moviment Cinque Stelle, is hosting a meeting this Thursday dedicated to Daphne Caruana Galizia. The meeting will also pay tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s career of fighting corruption. The meeting is titled “Investigative Journalism, a pillar of democracy: [...]

F*** off, qallu

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2018-10-01T13:20:08+02:00Mon, 1st Oct '18, 13:15|

I will say what I think even if I’m the only one to say it. Let that piece of supreme self-assuredness hang there for a second and think about the implications. Daphne Caruana Galizia often had to think about being alone, though from what I know of her she did not doubt her own convictions. [...]

Guest Post: Owen and Me

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2018-10-01T11:16:26+02:00Mon, 1st Oct '18, 11:16|

By Lizzie Eldridge On the afternoon of Tuesday 18th September 2018 –  two days after I’d spent the night protecting flowers and candles from a possible ruthless assault by the government-controlled forces of the Cleansing Services Department – I had the (mis)fortune to bump into Owen Bonnici, the Minister for Justice and Culture, on Republic [...]

German Magazine Publishers honour Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak

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2018-10-01T11:00:09+02:00Mon, 1st Oct '18, 11:00|

The Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) is honouring Daphne Caruana Galizia and Slovakian Ján Kuciak posthumously with a “Golden Victoria 2018” for press freedom. The publishers said in a statement that the journalists' assassinations following their work clearly demonstrate the consequences of the rising global threats towards journalists even within the EU. However, the [...]

STAR COMMENT: I testified at the Egrant inquiry

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2018-10-01T10:32:34+02:00Mon, 1st Oct '18, 10:32|

The following comment is by Godfrey Leone Ganado made under this morning's post Who's your client? Read the comment. I have something to add underneath: If Michelle Muscat divulged that Michelle Buttigieg had appeared before magistrate Bugeja, and if Michelle Muscat hinted publicly to what Michelle Buttigieg told the magistrate, and if Michelle Muscat was [...]

So you think conflicts of interest are no concern of yours.

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2018-10-01T09:42:04+02:00Mon, 1st Oct '18, 09:42|

You might think conflicts of interest of people in office don’t concern you if they’re doing ‘a good job’. You might not care if Owen Bonnici is Justice Minister and personal attorney to a subject of a criminal inquiry. Here’s when it starts hitting you. If you live in Pembroke, or don’t and just care [...]

Who’s your client?

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2018-10-01T09:18:06+02:00Mon, 1st Oct '18, 09:18|

The initial shock when Peter Grech outed his minister, Owen Bonnici, as holding a private practice while still minister is now sinking in. The rule that prevents ministers from keeping up their professions is not to keep a lid on their income or to make sure they’re available if the prime minister needs to give [...]

Nightly occurence

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2018-10-01T08:54:17+02:00Mon, 1st Oct '18, 08:54|

Last night I caught two gov. workers red handed as they removed a photo of slain #Malta journalist #DaphneCaruanaGalizia and a small candle from the makeshift memorial opposite the courts in #Valletta. They also made sure to take my photo before rushing off in a gov. car Surreal pic.twitter.com/mwmx4bGRnt — Claire Caruana (@ClaireCaruana) October 1, [...]