Unbalanced TVM breaches freedom of expression, court rules

2022-07-14T12:55:13+02:00Thu, 14th Jul '22, 12:55|

The court today found the Broadcasting Authority breached its constitutional obligation to ensure impartiality in public broadcasting ordering the Authority and the state broadcasting company PBS to compensate the Nationalist Party. The PN complained about TV coverage on the national broadcasting station of the inauguration of the Marsa flyover saying it amounted to one-sided propaganda. [...]

Opening a new front

2022-07-13T16:32:40+02:00Wed, 13th Jul '22, 16:32|

A few weeks ago, the Court of Appeal overturned a decision by a lower court and found me responsible for causing moral damages to MaltaToday’s Raphael Vassallo with an article I had written in October 2019. The court ordered me to pay him €1,000 plus pay for his court costs for both stages of the [...]

Full marks for promises. Failure at keeping them.

2022-07-13T16:17:08+02:00Wed, 13th Jul '22, 16:17|

The EU Commission’s report on the state of the rule of law in Malta provides the government with enough quotes to continue its rather unseemly habit of congratulating itself for doing bugger all. There’s the implicit admission that the rule of law under Joseph Muscat was raped and pillaged. I say implicit because they don’t [...]

You see, it’s not all in vain

2022-07-12T12:49:59+02:00Tue, 12th Jul '22, 12:49|

The police ignored findings of a magisterial inquiry for 15 months. They ignored a court filing denouncing a crime by Repubblika. They replied to a legal challenge by Repubblika by insisting that crime is nobody’s business but theirs. Were it up to Angelo Gafà, we’d have forgotten about Pilatus Bank. That would have been greatly [...]

Broken promises on press freedom reforms

2022-07-12T11:38:38+02:00Tue, 12th Jul '22, 11:38|

Prime Minister Robert Abela has broken his public commitment to publish recommendations from experts he appointed to advise him on how to enhance media freedom and protect journalists. A government statement last January had promised the experts’ recommendations would be published within 10 days of the government receiving them, but Robert Abela has withheld recommendations [...]

GUEST POST: Does Surging Existential Dread Help Robert?

2022-07-12T09:59:46+02:00Tue, 12th Jul '22, 09:59|

Sent in by someone known to me. One cannot but compare Malta’s political landscape with that parallel universe abroad in countries we used to hold up as models of democracy. It’s almost as if some nefarious evil force is playing games with our worldwide collective sanity. Brexit, the rise of the French far right and [...]

PODCAST: The killer speaks

2022-07-06T11:46:39+02:00Wed, 6th Jul '22, 11:46|

Manuel Delia · The Killer Speaks Stephen Grey’s scoop yesterday reporting quotes from George Degiorgio is, in my view, significant primarily for reasons George Degiorgio must have been aware of but were not his primary intention. His, and his brother’s conviction, should now be a shoo-in. He openly confessed to being the killer and openly [...]

Mario Philip Azzopardi sues me for copyright breach over publication of Daphne hate play

2022-07-06T11:42:40+02:00Wed, 6th Jul '22, 11:40|

Playwright Mario Philip Azzopardi has sued me for publishing the script of his play ix-Xiħa which includes a character clearly based on Daphne Caruana Galizia. I had described the play as “spiteful, full of hate, prejudice, and disturbingly incurable visceral violence”. Mr Azzopardi did not sue me for libel but for what he alleges is [...]

Creative obstruction

2022-07-05T14:21:38+02:00Tue, 5th Jul '22, 14:21|

The reports of the sittings in court of the prosecution of Pilatus Bank and one of its middle managers make for depressing reading. The magistrate is clearly at her wit’s end. Donatella Frendo Dimech has warned prosecutors “not to bury the case” and that what she heard so far from them is “not relevant”. That’s [...]

PODCAST: “Relatively poor education outcomes”

2022-07-05T13:15:13+02:00Tue, 5th Jul '22, 13:15|

Here's another podcast. Listening takes just under 20 minutes, or read it if you prefer. Let me know if this format works for you. Manuel Delia · "Relatively Poor Education Outcomes" Times of Malta’s summary of an EU report on the state of Malta’s education makes for a scary read. There are many cliches about [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Silence of the Wolves

2022-07-04T14:27:34+02:00Mon, 4th Jul '22, 14:27|

From my article on The Sunday Times yesterday: "Who knows how many other secrets are protected by the inherent opacity of the AG’s office? Consider, for example, her exclusive power to decide who gets to be prosecuted and who doesn’t for major crimes. In principle, our chief prosecutor must prosecute anyone against whom there is [...]

PODCAST: Why Joseph Muscat does it

2022-07-01T11:57:54+02:00Fri, 1st Jul '22, 11:57|

I'm trying my hand at longer podcasts ... it will take you 25 minutes to listen to this or, depending on your reading speed, more or less to read it. If you like the format (or you don't) please say so.   Manuel Delia · Why Joseph Muscat Does It We’re going to have to [...]

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