And on the third day

2020-04-10T09:01:00+02:00Fri, 10th Apr '20, 09:01|

It will take more than three days for us to rise again. All zombie stories before The Walking Dead had a final resolution. At some point a cure was found. However dystopic, classic science fiction needs a happy ending. When HG Well’s archetypal Martians invaded and poisoned the earth with their weed, our planet fought [...]

GUEST POST: The price of covering up the truth

2020-04-09T12:12:55+02:00Thu, 9th Apr '20, 12:12|

In spite of all the many difficulties, the hard work of the Maltese press has achieved much in the nation’s fight against corruption: the arrest and prosecution of four murder suspects in Malta, the conviction of one banker in the United States and the cancellation of his banking license in Europe, and the resignation of [...]

Questions arise on Gozo’s coronavirus response

2020-04-09T09:22:29+02:00Thu, 9th Apr '20, 09:22|

Yesterday’s first coronavirus death recorded in Malta highlighted weaknesses in the government’s response to the spread of the disease. There’s no doubt that Malta cannot alone escape the devastating impact of the pandemic and that people of vulnerable age are at serious risk of being overcome by the disease. There is also no doubt that [...]

Second coronavirus death at Steward Hospital

2020-04-09T08:48:34+02:00Thu, 9th Apr '20, 08:36|

Following yesterday's death of a 92-year-old resident of Dar Sant Anna, Gozo's public residential home on the Gozo General Hospital grounds, the government announced the second coronavirus-related death in Malta. The second fatal case is of a 79-year-old male patient who was undergoing treatment at the Karin Grech Hospital. He had been tested for coronavirus [...]

Malta does not participate in Europe-wide study on prison conditions

2020-04-09T08:11:48+02:00Thu, 9th Apr '20, 08:11|

Malta is one of a handful of Council of Europe member states not to participate in the human rights organisation’s annual penal statistics that measure and compare prison conditions in 47 member states of the Council of Europe including Russia and Turkey. The other countries that did not participate are Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Georgia and the [...]

Dataleak class action suit: Frequently Asked Questions

2020-04-07T09:59:59+02:00Tue, 7th Apr '20, 08:49|

Here are answers to questions frequently asked by people considering whether to join the collective action lawsuit against C-Planet IT Solutions Limited being organised by Repubblika and The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation. If you were eligible to vote in 2013, your personal data has been stolen and then leaked to the outside world. Consider signing [...]

Choosing the ones to choose

2020-04-07T08:37:22+02:00Tue, 7th Apr '20, 08:37|

Read this article by Repubblika’s Robert Aquilina in today’s Times of Malta. The article sets out two tests for a successful reform of the manner the country uses to select future judges. The objective here is to make sure the judiciary is independent from the control of the other branches of government. Well, one branch [...]

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: The Triq tal-Ġebel

2020-04-06T11:02:11+02:00Mon, 6th Apr '20, 11:02|

A year ago today Lassan Cisse was killed in a drive by shooting on his way back home inside the Ħal Far Tent Village. His case still awaits justice. The below article was first published by The Sunday Times on 14 April 2019. You know your town has become violent when a drive-by shooting barely [...]

The ghetto is closed

2020-04-06T10:16:20+02:00Mon, 6th Apr '20, 10:16|

Photo: Sally Hayden Ministers Chris Fearne and Byron Camilleri went through great pains yesterday to insist there was no racism behind their decision to lock inside for two weeks a thousand residents of the Ħal Far migrants centre. I say ‘centre’. I could call it what Byron Camilleri called it: HTV, Ħal Far [...]

Ignore your prime minister and stay at home

2020-04-05T13:56:53+02:00Sun, 5th Apr '20, 13:56|

Bad advice is worse than no advice at all. Contradictory advice is in and of itself bad advice. Every day, Charmaine Gauci is on TV backed by a very simple set of three instructions: Cover, Clean and Contain. Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. Clean your hands for longer and more often than you’ve [...]

GUEST POST: On your electricity bill

2020-04-05T09:51:05+02:00Sun, 5th Apr '20, 09:51|

Jacob Borg of the Times of Malta recently asked Minister of Finance Edward Scicluna, whether recent calls for a cut in electricity tariffs were possible with the fixed-term contract signed with Electrogas. The minister responded: “Enemalta is not just the government’s company, as you also have the Chinese now. It is not ours to say, [...]

The presumed guilt of fake news

2020-04-05T09:41:50+02:00Sun, 5th Apr '20, 09:41|

The government is reported promising media owners some help to see them through the coronavirus crisis but reporting by the editorial arms of those media outlets suggests that the details are either too thin for now or else they have been kept from journalists for the time being. Who gets to be eligible? On what [...]

Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation and Repubblika launch ‘class action suit’ over Dataleak scandal

2020-04-07T08:49:35+02:00Fri, 3rd Apr '20, 20:01|

Civil society organisations Repubblika and The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation are together launching a legal initiative so that those persons whose personal data was revealed through the data leak  from the servers of the company C-Planet Solutions Limited may obtain justice. This database contained personal information regarding anyone who had the right to vote in [...]

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