Italian leading anti-mafia organisation demands Robert Abela withdraws attack on Repubblika

2021-03-09T14:19:46+01:00Tue, 9th Mar '21, 13:11|

In a statement today Libera and member organisations of the Chance network of rule of law civil society organisations expressed their "deepest concern and support to the Maltese civil society" after the government launched a legal bid to ban Repubblika. Libera is an Italian association that promotes outreach activities and various types of protest action against [...]

Commissioner doubts European countries’ commitment to human rights. Malta singled out for criticism.

2021-03-09T10:51:22+01:00Tue, 9th Mar '21, 10:51|

Europe’s highest human rights official has criticised Malta and Italy for cooperating with Libya to hold migrants trying to escape that country “despite clear evidence of serious human rights risks. The report, authored by the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner Dunja Mijatovic, singled out Malta for criticism in her update report on how European [...]

Someone at KullĦadd has a crush on me

2021-03-07T08:27:52+01:00Sun, 7th Mar '21, 08:27|

While I was protesting in Valletta last Monday, my wife, who was at home making tea for the children, had a minor problem. She wanted to know if I had defrosted the bag of frozen chicken drumsticks that she asked me to take out of the freezer that morning because they sure as hell weren't [...]

The empire strikes back

2021-03-07T08:04:17+01:00Sun, 7th Mar '21, 08:04|

I'm linking here an important point that journalist Victor Paul Borg posted yesterday. After that immortal press conference by Robert Abela when he huffed and he puffed and tried to blow journalists down, lashing out back at 'nasty' questioning, complaining of dizziness and of being made to work when he felt he wasn't supposed to, [...]

National unity on their terms

2021-03-06T14:42:21+01:00Sat, 6th Mar '21, 14:33|

On the day we find out that the government has started a process to ban Repubblika, Christoph Schweiger on Twitter puts up a very pertinent observation about one of the speakers the president of Malta chose to preach national unity a few days ago. The gentleman concerned is Mr Mario Fava. Follow this thread. This [...]

Calling writers, poets and journalists

2021-03-06T14:27:39+01:00Sat, 6th Mar '21, 14:27|

A group of seven professionals working in myriad capacities within the literary and journalistic fields in Malta is inviting writers, editors, journalists, bloggers, publishers, academics, artists, and activists to a public meeting being held online on Zoom on Saturday 13 March 2021 from 10:00 onwards. The meeting will be the first of two intended to [...]

Government in legal bid to ban Repubblika

2021-03-07T15:16:52+01:00Sat, 6th Mar '21, 14:20|

In yet another attack on democracy, the regulator of NGOs, wrote to Repubblika accusing the NGO of working for private interests, over-spending and acting as a propagandist for a political party. He included as evidence articles written by committee members of Repubblika and the fact that Repubblika made submissions to the inquiry investigating the killing [...]

Unheard monologues

2021-03-06T08:43:29+01:00Sat, 6th Mar '21, 08:30|

Photo: Daryl Cauchi Herman Grech’s play They Blew Her Up is about the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It’s playing at the upstairs square theatre of St James Cavalier and seating was spread out for social distancing making it an up close, silent, emotional affair. The grim set orbited a jumble of metal [...]

Ian Refalo again

2021-03-05T15:02:44+01:00Fri, 5th Mar '21, 15:02|

Anġlu Farrugia did not dare to give a material response to the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life to the latter’s accusation that the former exceeded his powers when he dismissed George Hyzler’s report on Joseph Muscat’s unethical conduct. Instead, he got Ian Refalo to write a letter and he sent him that. Ian Refalo [...]

Nadine Lia recuses herself from case against suppliers of bomb that killed Daphne

2021-03-05T13:48:16+01:00Fri, 5th Mar '21, 13:25|

Magistrate Nadine Lia recused herself from hearing the evidence against the people charged with supplying the bomb that killed Daphne in October 2017. The request for her recusal was made by lawyers appearing for the Caruana Galizia family and was supported by the prosecution in this case. Nadine Lia is the daughter-in-law of Paul Lia, [...]

Nobody’s defender

2021-03-05T12:32:57+01:00Fri, 5th Mar '21, 12:32|

In a recent but much happier press speech by Robert Abela, our prime minister told his audience he was the guardian angel of journalistic freedom. “I promise to be the strongest defender of all journalists,” he pledged. This was the end of last January, just over a month ago. Yesterday he lost his shit when [...]

GUEST POST: Virtus autem corruptibilis est

2021-03-05T07:57:43+01:00Fri, 5th Mar '21, 07:57|

The measure of a man is what he does with power. – Plato Unfortunately, power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely, as Lord Acton put it in 1857. Roman emperors crowned themselves gods. Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself emperor. In Ġenna Malta we do not have emperors – though some time ago we had [...]

Repubblika calls for Anġlu Farrugia to quit

2021-03-05T07:08:56+01:00Thu, 4th Mar '21, 13:50|

In a statement this afternoon Repubblika referred to the hard-hitting letter that standards czar George Hyzler sent earlier today to Speaker Anġlu Farrugia. The exchange followed the suppression of George Hyzler's conclusions that Joseph Muscat acted unethically when his thugs detained journalists in Castille on 29 November 2019. "It's clear to us that the Speaker [...]


2021-03-04T13:40:06+01:00Thu, 4th Mar '21, 13:40|

The video of Robert Abela announcing we’d all be running come March made the rounds before today’s inevitable announcement of restrictive measures to try to rein in the rates of contagion from the covid disease. Even the most ambivalent and terminally unconcerned gasped at daily rates of infection of over 300. Deaths are creeping up [...]

George Hyzler chides Anġlu Farrugia: decision to censor Joseph Muscat ethics-breach report was illegal and baseless

2021-03-04T13:07:27+01:00Thu, 4th Mar '21, 13:07|

George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, told Speaker Anġlu Farrugia he had no authority to dismiss the Commissioner’s report that found Joseph Muscat breached ethics when he locked journalists up in Castille in 2019. Commissioner Hyzler complained the Speaker never asked him what he thought about such a decision. “I would have expressed [...]

GUEST POST: Please, not the institutions again.

2021-03-03T13:42:14+01:00Wed, 3rd Mar '21, 13:42|

Time can bring you down Time can bend your knees Time can break your heart Have you begging, please. - Eric Clapton   Once again Robert Abela took centre stage. He always does it when there are good tidings. Tuesday week he took credit for il-Koħħu’s admission to being one of those who executed Daphne [...]

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