The government has recognised the existence of a fourth pillar of democracy and proceeded to piss on it

2022-09-28T15:42:15+02:00Wed, 28th Sep '22, 15:42|

The justice minister published three bills, including a constitutional amendment, presented as reforms to protect media freedom and the journalists doing the work. Jonathan Attard said the reforms are the government’s reaction to recommendations by the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The government took up the PN’s proposal from last year, [...]

Events marking 5 years since Daphne’s assassination announced

2022-09-29T05:44:03+02:00Wed, 28th Sep '22, 13:06|

Repubblika, #occupyjustice and this website announced today the program of events marking the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The calendar of events is as follows: From Saturday 8th October 2022: An exhibition with the theme ‘Daphne Eroj Maltija’ will be set-up outside Valletta’s City Gate. On Wednesday 12th October 2022: A [...]

Daphne’s parents support call for open consultation on press reform

2022-09-28T13:04:15+02:00Wed, 28th Sep '22, 13:04|

Late this morning the government announced that within one hour the Justice Minister will be delivering a “press conference on Bills for the strengthening of protection and freedom of the media”. The announcement after the government ignored a letter signed by over a hundred journalists, academics, and free speech campaigners calling for public consultation. We’ll [...]

Acquired silence

2022-09-28T09:28:39+02:00Wed, 28th Sep '22, 09:28|

I don’t know who to blame for a bunch of young people deciding they’d rather stay home than speak at a mock Parliament on a controversial subject. Seen from the outside the youth parliament is one of those yearly depressing rituals meant to reassure us that democracy is functioning, and inter-generational dialogue is a thing. [...]

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