International NGOs ask EU leaders to hold Joseph Muscat to account

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2019-12-11T18:35:01+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 18:35|

The following is a joint statement by ARTICLE 19, the Association of European Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, IFEX, Index on Censorship, the International Federation of Journalists, the International Press Institute, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, Scottish PEN and Transparency International: We, the undersigned organisations, urge [...]

Campania journalism union offers to sign up independent Maltese journalists to help protect them

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2019-12-11T18:30:22+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 18:30|

The president of the union of Campania journalists Sandro Ruotolo has proposed to extend the membership of the union to independent Maltese journalists committed to dig up the whole truth in the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination. The proposal was made at the annual meeting of Articolo 21 in Rome. "The Italian Federation of [...]

Is this supposed to clear Keith Schembri?

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2019-12-11T17:08:38+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 17:08|

Testifying in court today Inspector Keith Arnaud says that Melvin Theuma once flew into a rage and mentioned Keith Schembri. “That was the only time Schembri’s name came up,” he says. And testifying himself in court Melvin Theuma says that he “cannot under oath state that Keith ever handed me money or ever spoke to [...]

We’re not going to rain on Friday’s parade. But the greedy, the corrupt, the complicit and the inept need to feel the heat.

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2019-12-11T15:58:01+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 15:58|

It doesn’t really need much explaining. Look at this screenshot of Neville Gafà reacting to a post by Simon Busuttil saying the formal Republic Day ceremonies keep up the false pretence that we do not have a massive constitutional crisis around us. Neville Gafà just wants to party. For him nothing’s changed. He still ferries [...]

Justice for Journalists: London conference on Justice for Daphne

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2019-12-11T15:32:30+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 15:32|

This is a recording of a conference held on 4 December at Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Open Russia Club in London where our book Murder on the Malta Express: Who Killed Daphne Caruana Galizia was also introduced to an international audience. The conference includes interventions by New Journalist of the Year awardee Paul Caruana Galizia, the director [...]

I guess then, this is as good as it gets

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2019-12-11T15:06:52+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 15:06|

Jean Claude Micallef is a new addition to our parliament. Because Jean Claude Micallef is all our parliament needed to complete the matryoshka doll of hollow, spineless, replicas of each other's characterless nothingness. The Labour Parliamentary group passed on every opportunity to resolve the present crisis. Any one of them could have taken up the [...]

GUEST POST: Christmas Crackers

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2019-12-11T14:55:22+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 14:55|

Don't know about you, boys and girls, but isn't the anticipation of what happens next, too thick to chew on? I mean let's think about it, shall we? On the one hand there's Robert Musumeci, speaking in tongues, rambling about the establishment and warning his meerkat audience about what's in store this winter. On another [...]

GUEST POST: The policy of appeasement

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2019-12-11T14:23:39+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 14:23|

Neville Chamberlain was Britain’s prime minister from the 28th May 1937 to 10th May 1940.  He is mostly remembered, pejoratively, for his policy of appeasement, previously espoused by his successors Ramsay MacDonald and Stanley Baldwin. Faced by the inexorable rise of the ugly soul of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, Britain’s prime ministers, notably Chamberlain, [...]

Socialist MEP says EU Commission can no longer drag its feet and must act on Malta’s rights violations

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2019-12-11T11:30:46+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 11:30|

Italian Socialist MEP Giuliano Pisapia has said in a statement announcing a formal parliamentary question to the European Commission that the EU, particularly the Commission, must now intervene on the situation in Malta were more signs keep emerging of violations of individual and collective rights. "The tragic death of Daphne Caruana Galizia has lifted the [...]

GUEST POST: The Most Serene Republic of Malta

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2019-12-11T10:51:31+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 10:51|

As an uncompromising republican, perhaps this is a good time to say that just because I publish a guest post does not necessarily mean I agree with all the guest author says. This one is by Aaron de Giorgio, who is not as committed to the republic as I am. The Oxford English dictionary defines [...]

Azerbaijan civil society: Ilham Aliyev’s corruption is not the people’s fault

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2019-12-11T10:32:37+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 10:32|

Azerbaijani civil society organisation “Democracy for Azerbaijan” sent a message to the people of Malta in a statement expressing regret about any confusion that may exist between the Azerbaijani people and the corruption of their government led by President Ilham Aliyev. “The current president of Azerbaijan and his family members as well as other Azerbaijani [...]

We are being watched

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2019-12-11T10:14:16+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 10:14|

It is of some comfort that the governments of Germany and the Netherlands will be sending representatives to monitor the independent inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination. It is likely other countries will follow suit. That's after international free speech NGOs and journalists from all over the world threw light on Malta and kept it [...]

GUEST POST: What matters now

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2019-12-11T10:33:23+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 10:00|

We are being distracted by a race for leadership while Joseph and Keith still weave and spin their web. At this point I believe it is crucial to concentrate on the main matter under consideration. Who ordered Daphne's murder? We should all be asking ourselves whether the State should be prepared to negotiate with a [...]

Awards

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2019-12-11T09:46:16+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 09:46|

Paul Caruana Galizia was recognised yesterday as the UK's New Journalist of the Year. Before his was mother was killed, Paul was a published historian. Good history is written by good writers. After his mother was assassinated, Paul diverted his skills to journalism and immediately made a mark. His brothers tweeted yesterday bursting with pride. [...]

The toxicity of Joseph Muscat

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2019-12-11T09:31:35+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 09:31|

Look at the cover story on Panorama. It's about guilt by association. Before the 2017 election, after the Panama scandal came out and when Joseph Muscat called an election a year ahead of time for reasons never fully explained, Matteo Renzi came to a Labour Party meeting to profess his love of the great Joseph. [...]

The small band that captured the country

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2019-12-11T08:53:43+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 08:53|

This post by Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba is full of lies. The view that Joseph Muscat should resign immediately is not extremist given his office and his staffers have been named in a murder investigation. Civil disobedience is the opposite of anarchy. It is an escalation of protest in defence of the State not [...]

The Republic belongs to its people

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2019-12-13T18:02:23+01:00Wed, 11th Dec '19, 08:39|

It is indicative of how undemocratic and intolerant the paranoid regime is that we are continuously assaulted merely for protesting demanding the prime minister's resignation and justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia. At this point few are prepared to say our demands are not justified. We protested on the 16th of every month for 25 months [...]