The argument for the Justice protest location

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2018-11-26T17:22:12+00:00Fri, 30th Nov '18, 15:00|

I was abroad today and missed a sitting of the case I filed against Owen Bonnici and his underlings in the Constitutional Court. Before today I filed a sworn statement giving a detailed account of the censorship of the protest in Great Siege Square and the reasons why I opened the case. It’s basically a [...]

Largo al factotum

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2018-11-30T10:55:35+00:00Fri, 30th Nov '18, 10:55|

The Auditor General was right to look into whether Brian Tonna was the auditor for the company owned by the Tumas, the Gasan and the Apap Bologna groups at the same time as he awarded the consortium they belonged to the power station contract. GEM (the company held by the Fenechs, Gasans and Apap Bolognas) [...]

Women who speak the truth, no matter what.

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2018-11-30T07:58:18+00:00Fri, 30th Nov '18, 07:58|

I was very fortunate last night to have been invited by the Committee to Protect Journalists to speak to their London Leadership Council, a group of leading supporters of the CPJ based in this town including senior journalists working for global networks like CNN, ABC, AP, BBC and others. I was one of two speakers, [...]

Because Konrad Mizzi likes his best practices

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2018-11-29T07:00:03+00:00Thu, 29th Nov '18, 07:00|

This was seen over Regional Road in Msida this morning. #Reżistenza issued this statement a few minutes ago: We expect arrests, interrogations and prosecution The shocking revelations made by Reuters and the Times of Malta on the 9th November 2018 & the NAO report published yesterday corroborate what had been exposed by assassinated journalist Daphne [...]

UPDATED: Roberto Saviano interviews Daphne’s sons

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2018-11-30T08:13:01+00:00Wed, 28th Nov '18, 19:14|

  The interview was published this morning by La Repubblica. It is part of Saviano's TV show being shown tonight. The link to the interview (in Italian) is here. I will just translate a line Paul Caruana Galizia says that struck me because of many conversations I have had the last few days with people [...]

Your energy bills are higher because of the corrupt deal with Electrogas. The Auditor General says so too.

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2018-11-28T18:57:10+00:00Wed, 28th Nov '18, 18:12|

The Auditor General published today a 600-page report into the power station contract. He finds heaps of shortcomings in the process. They’re all major indicators of corruption. One of the most significant findings is that Enemalta decided to procure the power-station contract the way it did within a few days of Labour coming to power [...]

Media in Malta: partisan, broke, exclusive and unsafe

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2018-11-27T16:24:18+00:00Tue, 27th Nov '18, 16:24|

The Media Pluralism Monitor report published by the EU-funded Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom will be largely dismissed as conditioned by the immediate aftermath of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killing. The data for the report was gathered this time last year when already the government had driven hard the notion that that assassination was [...]

The Great Siege protest continues everyday

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2018-11-27T15:05:31+00:00Tue, 27th Nov '18, 15:05|

If you're ever in Valletta you'll see that the protest demanding justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and for the stories she was killed for working for continues. These photos were taken in the last few minutes. On Friday the case against the government in the constitutional court demanding the protest is allowed continues to be [...]

Whistleblowers on video

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2018-11-27T11:57:17+00:00Tue, 27th Nov '18, 11:57|

There was a lot of debate about editorial choices when I published the story about the Leader of the Opposition’s wife seeking a separation from him. It was a debatable choice. So the debate is understandable. These couple of days there has been some discussion about other editorial decisions some have taken. There was the [...]

“I’m not a crook”

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2018-11-26T17:23:39+00:00Mon, 26th Nov '18, 12:00|

It’s ok for Kurt Farrugia to have a copy of the Egrant report. He told everyone in court today, answering questions from the PN’s Vince Galea, that he has a copy in his office. But don’t worry he keeps it locked. And he promises he doesn’t field questions from Keith Schembri — his boss — [...]

When hypocrisy is transparent II

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2018-11-26T10:33:44+00:00Mon, 26th Nov '18, 10:33|

I lost my libel virginity today. The first of a number of court cases I’m involved in as a result of this blog has been decided. Jean Claude Micallef sued me. He thought that by calling him a hypocrite I damaged his reputation. As the old maxim goes: it’s not slander if it’s true. The [...]

GUEST POST: The Enemy Within

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2018-11-26T18:53:08+00:00Mon, 26th Nov '18, 09:21|

Guest Post: Behind the facade of our government are a bunch of corporate controlled Mafiosi running the country. These Mafiosi and their minions, ostensibly elected from the people, by the people, for the people are the real enemies. The enemy within. This government is corrupt. It is profit and self-interest driven and not driven to [...]

Neville Gafa’s idea of a holiday

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2018-11-26T09:10:45+00:00Mon, 26th Nov '18, 09:10|

Let’s just for a minute forget Neville Gafa’ was accused by multiple witnesses of soliciting bribes in exchange for medical visas to Libyans. Let’s forget for a minute the prosecution of his alleged crimes hinges on witnesses that are not allowed into Malta. Let’s forget for a minute that the police have once again been [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Infiltration

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2018-11-25T08:15:28+00:00Sun, 25th Nov '18, 08:15|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "There are family dynasties that wield enormous power in this country, not quantified by votes or popular support and not tempered by the prospect of replacement by rivals in an electoral cycle. Unlike Nationalists or Labourites, corrupt politicians and honest ones, popular or cerebral, these oligarchs are [...]

Long read: The Second Republic

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2018-11-24T09:13:15+00:00Sat, 24th Nov '18, 09:11|

There is something only slightly more horrible than the prospect of the Labour Party unilaterally deciding what our new constitution should look like. And that is the prospect of the constitution being drawn up in some smoke-filled room between the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party across a table chaired by a President bred out [...]

GUEST POST: Comparative Parallels

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2018-11-23T14:20:58+00:00Fri, 23rd Nov '18, 14:20|

This Guest Post is in response to an earlier Guest Post that looked forward to a PN without Adrian Delia. This response takes the opposite view. It is sent in by someone who calls himself Ouaga. I have just read the guest post by ‘Lake’ and the article brings back nostalgia as well as examines [...]

Guest Post: Truth

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2018-11-23T12:59:47+00:00Fri, 23rd Nov '18, 12:59|

Sometimes, rarely, a Guest Post is sent to me in verse. This was sent by someone known to me. Truth She looks at you quite calmly Never angry nor perturbed She looks at you yet sharply Your every move observed She knows you know You know she knows That’s it’s too late for you The [...]

G Leone Ganado: The strange Gasol transfer (3)

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2018-11-23T12:47:06+00:00Fri, 23rd Nov '18, 12:47|

Post number 3 in Godfrey Leone Ganado's series on the background to the 17 Black scandal. This post is a brief follow-up to article 2, and it is based on a comment made to article 2 in Truth Be Told: “interesting article from Malta. So what happened to the Malta exist cash? Surely some of [...]