Robert Abela is tired of the truth

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2020-09-02T14:06:43+02:00Wed, 2nd Sep '20, 14:06|

It wasn't Robert Abela's decision to have an inquiry into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It wasn't really a decision anyone took. It was a surrender, a towel thrown, after two years of resistance by the government who refused to constitute the inquiry in spite of the call being made from the victim's family, [...]

GUEST POST: Newspeak 2020

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2020-09-02T13:48:23+02:00Wed, 2nd Sep '20, 13:48|

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell Freedom of the press is the principal platform for ensuring freedom of expression and freedom of information. Unfortunately, hostility towards the media is spreading and journalists around the world are threatened by government censorship and organised crime syndicates. The murders of journalists highlight [...]

Examined distancing

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2020-09-02T13:24:58+02:00Wed, 2nd Sep '20, 13:24|

This is how far apart students are being kept as they write their exam papers. The chairs are empty because the photo is taken before the exam starts. The photo is taken in one of the official examination halls currently in use. They'll all be stuffed of people and kept that way for hours, a [...]

Much remains hidden

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2020-09-02T12:32:47+02:00Wed, 2nd Sep '20, 12:32|

In spite of the invitation I got to visit the prison, the government hasn’t properly addressed my repeated requests made since last November. No journalist is allowed to visit migrant centres, in spite of requests made by so many and so often. What we get instead are reports of degrading conditions and occasional riots blamed [...]

LONG READ: Alexander Dalli, the Wrath of God

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2020-09-04T22:20:31+02:00Wed, 2nd Sep '20, 12:26|

(This might be one of the longest pieces on this blog, which is not notorious for the brevity of its wit. So keep this one for when you have the time for it. I trust you'll find it's worth your effort). I walked up to the prison door in the blazing sun of yesterday afternoon. [...]

Just visiting

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2020-09-02T11:41:50+02:00Wed, 2nd Sep '20, 11:41|

After much struggle and toil, I was given the opportunity to visit the prison and ask its director some questions. It wasn’t easy. I wrote to then minister Michael Farrugia 5 times in November, never getting a proper answer. Then when it looked like the government was floundering, I waited for the change. In February [...]