GUEST POST: Truth was on our side

2021-03-31T17:58:39+02:00Wed, 31st Mar '21, 17:58|

Manuel asked me for my personal account of how I witnessed the tumultous events leading to the arraignment of Joseph Muscat's right-hand man and a group of his associates-in-crime on March 20. I did tell him that I could never write it as well as he could. But he insisted and I could not decline, [...]

A police state. Not the good kind.

2021-03-31T10:41:50+02:00Wed, 31st Mar '21, 10:41|

Life as a community is not just about home and work. It’s not just about money, even the money we spend paying those who charge us for our entertainment. Life in a community is about doing together things for their own sake. Think about people who volunteer some of their time to help the needy [...]

Knock it off the front page

2021-03-31T09:55:39+02:00Wed, 31st Mar '21, 09:55|

It’s a quick hop, skip and a jump to the next general elections. Labour will win if it keeps people distracted long enough. For those with misgivings about all the crime and corruption, the message is that Labour has turned the page. It won’t convince everyone. But it doesn’t have to. It only needs to [...]

Another gun to our head

2021-03-31T09:31:33+02:00Wed, 31st Mar '21, 09:31|

William Cuschieri, the lawyer for iċ-Ċiniż and il-Fulu, charged with killing Daphne Caruana Galizia, circulated a statement by his clients this morning announcing that “they are prepared to say the whole truth”. They repeated the contents of their letter to the president demanding immunity so they testify against sitting and former government ministers they say [...]

NGOs up in arms over draconian fund-raising law

2021-03-30T17:50:17+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 17:47|

Several voluntary organisations have told the Commissioner and the Council for voluntary organisations that new regulations enacted last September to govern fundraising by NGOs are unworkable and probably illegal. No consultations with NGOs were conducted before the regulations were published by the education ministry, then led by Owen Bonnici. As NGOs became aware of the [...]

Look behind you!

2021-03-30T16:04:24+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 16:04|

Officially the police cannot say what it intends to do with Adrian Hillman because the law does not allow them to comment about people they haven't yet charged. We've heard Adrian Hillman is probably, possibly, in the UK. He's reading a doctorate at a London university though since it's a research PhD and since there's [...]

TVM’s favourite lawyer

2021-03-30T14:38:29+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 14:38|

I wrote a piece earlier commenting on TVM’s coverage of the evidence being heard in court against Keith Schembri. I put up a clip of how TVM covered proceedings in court focusing on the questions asked by Keith Schembri’s defence team from the police officers presenting the evidence. There was precious little reporting of the [...]

Bring back that horse. I need to fall off it.

2021-03-30T14:25:20+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 14:25|

Robert Abela discovered yesterday that Macbridge is owned by Chen Cheng. So, wearing a cape that was last summer’s bleached beach towel, his wife’s black stockings over his head, and grasping a wooden spoon, he heroically told the police chief to investigate everything. He even underlined everything which is Robert Abela’s way of going beyond [...]

Hey pretty boy, you cannot do that

2021-03-30T15:05:51+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 14:05|

Silvio Schembri’s ministry has a program for up and coming technologists who are still studying to get job placements with tech companies. Good. Silvio Schembri is an election candidate in the 6th and 7th district and is sending publicity material in the letterboxes of people who live in those districts to encourage them [...]

Edward Scicluna, time to apologise and resign in disgrace

2021-03-30T13:31:20+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 13:31|

On 21 May 2017, Times of Malta’s Ivan Camilleri reported the findings of an FIAU investigations that concluded there had been “reasonable suspicion” that Keith Schembri was involved in money laundering in his business with the Allied Group and the payments made to Adrian Hillman. By then the report was a year old. And it [...]

The newsroom that doesn’t have to worry

2021-03-30T13:05:49+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 11:53|

Here’s a newsroom that doesn’t have to worry about Rachel Montebello’s decree. Watch this report from TVM’s coverage of the hearing of evidence against Keith Schembri. The report could have been written by Keith Schembri himself. It is a collection of questions asked in the cross examination of police without any context about the evidence [...]

PODCAST: Criminalising journalism

2021-03-30T09:52:22+02:00Tue, 30th Mar '21, 09:52|

Manuel Delia · Criminalising Journalism The newsroom at the Times of Malta yesterday must have had one of those fair and foul days. The Macbridge investigation is a coup of high-quality journalism. It demonstrates the effectiveness of collaborative journalism involving reporters on the beat in Valletta, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Nanjing. And it demonstrates the [...]

Look up Crane

2021-03-29T13:45:45+02:00Mon, 29th Mar '21, 13:40|

Given the evidence the police presented against Keith Schembri on the imbroglio at Progress Press, it would be irresponsible for the police and other institutions like the National Audit Office not to look deep into what happened with Crane Currency. It’s not that Keith Schembri’s fingerprints were discovered on that deal. He’s its acknowledged meister. [...]

Does Robert Abela think we work for him?

2021-03-29T11:58:30+02:00Mon, 29th Mar '21, 11:58|

At a speech yesterday Robert Abela said he ordered the termination of the contract Justyne Caruana secured for her “friend” Daniel Bogdanovic as soon as news of the contract emerged in the media. This reminds me of one of Robert Abela’s first acts: ordering the termination of the contract the tourism authority gave Konrad Mizzi [...]

PODCAST: Choosing between injustices

2021-03-29T13:59:13+02:00Mon, 29th Mar '21, 11:21|

Manuel Delia · Choosing Between Injustices This country needs to learn the truth and the only reliable sources are a bunch of amoral liars. Alfred and George Degiorgio were people one would turn to if one needed someone killed. Vince Muscat was someone killers or bank robbers turned to when they needed a grunt. Melvyn [...]

GUEST POST: Bob’s your uncle

2021-03-29T09:10:09+02:00Mon, 29th Mar '21, 09:08|

Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina / Times of Malta When that affront to politics and politicians Joseph Muscat returned to Malta to set up his so-called “movement” a friend of mine quipped “the only good movement is a bowel movement”. He was right. Joseph Muscat did not set up a movement. He set up [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: There’s so much more

2021-03-28T10:43:58+02:00Sun, 28th Mar '21, 10:43|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "In June 2018, I reported on my website that Schembri received over $430,000 in payments in January 2015 from unexplained sources. Documentation held by Pace’s firm does not include any traces of the provenance of these funds, nor that any verification has been made of their provenance [...]

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