Respect to the fallen

2020-10-16T17:34:26+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 17:34|

On the third anniversary of Daphne's death we ask how long we must wait for impunity to end and justice to be served. But that's not just because we thirst to see those responsible paying their dues to the society they have taken so much from. It's also because we're looking forward to what comes [...]

WATCH: The state of journalism discussed on 3rd anniversary of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

2020-10-17T08:39:34+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 17:10|

Italian journalists led by the president of the Italian Federation of Journalists gathered today on a bus stop in the northern town of Ronchi dei Legionari to inaugurate street art in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The 'murales' is composed of newspaper cuttings reporting the killing of Daphne and other journalists worldwide. People holding up [...]

#occupyjustice: The return of 3 billboards

2020-10-16T08:16:50+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 08:16|

Statement by #occupyjustice On the 16 February 2018, #occupyjustice engaged contractors to mount three billboards inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in which an anguished mother seeks justice for her murdered daughter. A few hours after the billboards were put up, the government, then led by Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri, [...]

DON’T MISS IT TONIGHT: When They Come Undone

2020-10-16T08:12:52+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 08:12|

Three years ago today, Daphne Caruana Galizia, investigative journalist and anti-corruption blogger, was killed by car bomb just outside her home in Bidnija. Her assassination sparked a campaign of civil society activism and independent, collaborative journalism in pursuit of truthful answers to the questions of who killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, how and why and in [...]

GUEST POST: The abnormal made normal

2020-10-16T08:09:01+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 08:09|

The author is known to me and also knows what he's talking about because in an earlier stage of his life he was a career diplomat. Back when such a thing was conceivable. Carmelo Abela said that it is normal to move people around when challenged on the recall of Andrew Caruana Galizia from India. What utter [...]

GUEST POST: Tempus fugit

2020-10-16T08:04:00+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 08:04|

“A week is a long time in politics.” The quotation is attributed to Harold Wilson, and was probably first said at a lobby briefing for journalists at the time of the sterling crisis in 1964. Interestingly, as Nigel Rees writes in Brewer’s Quotations records, Wilson himself, when asked just after his retirement as Prime Minister in 1977, [...]

I can’t even

2020-10-15T14:14:47+02:00Thu, 15th Oct '20, 14:14|

This is not going to be a long one. Yeah right, I hear you say. My daughter uses this turn of phrase that she didn’t pick up from me. She ends sentences of muted outrage with “and I can’t even”. It’s more the sort of sentence you’re likely to read on Buzz Feed but here’s [...]

RIGHT OF REPLY: From the Chetcuti Cauchi firm

2020-10-15T08:48:05+02:00Thu, 15th Oct '20, 07:18|

As usual, a response that resorts to the right of reply will be published without comments. Reference is made to your blogpost published on Tuesday the 13th October 2020. Pursuant to the firm’s right of reply in terms of the Media and Defamation Act, Chapter 579 of the Laws of Malta, you are hereby being solicited to [...]

They’re still laughing

2020-10-14T21:14:55+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 18:51|

We already had an idea by and large what was in it. But today parliament officially published George Hyzler’s report into Joseph Muscat’s orders to the tourism authority to hire Konrad Mizzi as a consultant just as he was resigning from being the minister overseeing it. The report’s findings are damning. Joseph Muscat phoned Johann [...]


2020-10-14T15:02:19+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 15:02|

Why are police officers who happen to be women still specified as "Women Police Constables" or sergeants? Look at this: The specific designation "WPC" was originally appended because when women were first allowed to join the police, they weren't allowed to do all the men could. Maybe the best story about this is how female [...]

Circuit breaker

2020-10-14T14:38:16+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 14:38|

I’m reading what Keir Starmer is saying in the UK about the coronavirus spread. He’s arguing the UK should lock down for two weeks in order to break the spread of the virus: halt it, push it back, bring it down to manageable numbers before reopening again. This is because numbers – of infected people, [...]

Parliamentary obscurities

2020-10-14T14:53:39+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 14:24|

Raphael Vassallo interviewed Adrian Delia and published the exchange last Sunday. In the interview Raphael Vassallo asked Adrian Delia how he feels about me saying he should resign from Parliament. It was a strange question to ask if Raphael Vassallo was referring to what I wrote about what Adrian Delia should do after losing the [...]


2020-10-14T09:47:21+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 09:47|

Simon Mercieca delights in repeating adjectives I use to describe him because apparently being called a twerp by me is some sort of flattery. I’m running out of adjectives and I really thought I had an inexhaustible reserve of those. As part of his campaign on behalf of Yorgen Fenech, he unleashed yesterday a verbal [...]

GUEST POST: Bob, our super hero

2020-10-14T08:31:39+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 08:31|

“The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.” Chadwick Boseman Our prime minister used to do bodybuilding. There are many photos of his physique on social media. He has a near perfect body, the body [...]

“I know Malta,” said another crook.

2020-10-15T07:21:05+02:00Tue, 13th Oct '20, 15:18|

Updated 15 October 2020 at 07:20 Link here to a response by right of reply from Jean-Philippe Chetcuti. Cyprus has announced on Twitter today it is no longer selling its passports. That happened after controversy that followed a sting operation by journalists of Al Jazeera last August who had the Speaker of the Cypriot Parliament [...]

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