TVM, aka Super Two

2018-11-14T19:18:27+01:00Wed, 14th Nov '18, 19:18|

The Institute of Journalists’ criticism of Konrad Mizzi for dodging the free press is perfectly legitimate. But it raises questions it does not ask. When Konrad Mizzi wants to communicate a message to the outside world he no longer does so by speaking to the press. He uses public funds to produce adverts on social [...]

Several countries criticise Malta for deteriorating free speech.

2018-11-14T18:51:45+01:00Wed, 14th Nov '18, 18:51|

Several countries of the United Nations raised major concerns today about the deterioration of freedom of expression in Malta following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and highlighted the inadequacies of the investigation into her killing. The United States of America, Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Holy See, [...]

Fenech, Gasan, Apap Bologna: time for answers

2018-11-14T17:06:00+01:00Wed, 14th Nov '18, 17:04|

All partners in Electrogas should by now have made clear statements explaining what they knew and did not know about the creation of a Dubai company — 17 Black — and its commitment with Panama companies Hearnville and Tillgate to pay them large amounts of money. A Reuters investigation has confirmed that 17 Black was [...]

Let the children come

2018-11-14T12:10:29+01:00Wed, 14th Nov '18, 12:10|

We have worn the sobriquet Mafia State uncomfortably for some time now. One intuitively recognisable characteristic of communities that embrace the values of Mafiosi is their inability to recognise themselves for what they are. To the point where the rituals of a society that institutionalises its hypocrisies and ritualises its inherent stupidities become a badge [...]

EP tax evasion committee calls on passport sales to be abolished

2018-11-14T11:11:05+01:00Wed, 14th Nov '18, 11:07|

A 45-strong European Parliament committee is recommending abolishing all ‘golden visa’ or ‘passport by investment’ schemes, including Malta’s. The Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance has found in a draft report that the economic benefits of passport sales do not compensate for the serious money-laundering and tax evasion risks they present. [...]

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