This is not just a silly meme

2021-07-31T07:33:51+02:00Sat, 31st Jul '21, 07:33|

Edward Zammit Lewis has become an easy target, not that he was a tough one, to begin with, of endless jokes at his expense. Jason Azzopardi had already hinted some time ago that one government Minister had confided in Yorgen Fenech, the man accused of killing a journalist, that he thought his own supporters were [...]

Daphne inquiry explains why she should have been protected

2021-07-31T07:08:17+02:00Sat, 31st Jul '21, 07:08|

The Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry expresses its frustration that too often public officials missed what should have been obvious to them. If they hadn’t done so, this would be a very different country and Daphne would still be alive. The inquiry report points its fingers at the chief of police and the chief of the [...]

Daphne, the hero of Malta

2021-07-30T16:03:20+02:00Fri, 30th Jul '21, 15:59|

Robert Aquilina, Repubblika’s President, yesterday drew several significant points from the public inquiry findings. There was one point he highlighted which hasn’t otherwise been emphasised enough, certainly not by Malta’s President and Prime Minister: Daphne is a hero. This is one section of the inquiry that requires highlighting because justice for Daphne starts with the [...]

GUEST POST: Perhaps, a foreign umpire

2021-07-30T15:52:48+02:00Fri, 30th Jul '21, 15:52|

There are many lessons to be learned from the conclusions of the Daphne Inquiry. One is that we should consider whether the EU or the Council of Europe needs to set up a formal process by which one of them can monitor the conduct of public inquiries in member states. The monitors could be appointed [...]

Impunity rules

2021-07-30T14:17:33+02:00Fri, 30th Jul '21, 14:17|

Malta’s President said today he thinks the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry report should start the healing. He parrots Robert Abela’s line from yesterday. Government MPs this morning said they hadn’t bothered to read the report. They couldn’t feel mortification if it was mixed with venom in the fangs of a snake that bit them in [...]

This is not about VIP seats

2021-07-30T13:03:37+02:00Fri, 30th Jul '21, 13:03|

Photo: Miguela Xuereb (Newsbook). With permission. Some friends and I this morning approached the Parliament building to ask to be allowed to follow from the Stranger’s Gallery the debate about the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry report. We did not seriously expect to be allowed in. Yesterday we wrote to the Speaker to ask [...]

TVM’s complicity

2021-07-30T08:08:20+02:00Fri, 30th Jul '21, 08:08|

Watch Malta’s institutions make sure everyone understands they are ignoring what the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry said about them. Consider TVM, the national broadcaster. The inquiry yesterday proposed in one of its recommendations that the Constitutional provisions on the Broadcasting Authority are changed because they are ineffective as they are. The reason they give for [...]

The bullshit of Cabinet secrecy

2021-07-29T15:49:00+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 15:49|

There’s a lot of fascinating detail in the inquiry report beneath the earth-shattering headlines about the State’s responsibility in the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Here’s an interesting point. The inquiry board was faced by refusals from Joseph Muscat and other former and present ministers in his governments refusing to answer questions or provide information [...]

Mr President, where’s your apology?

2021-07-29T14:21:20+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 14:21|

The Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry board has concluded that Daphne was killed because of her work as a journalist. It found that Cabinet Members share responsibility for failing to act when the Panama Papers came out. It said the State must now recognise its failures of omission and commission with respect to the killing of [...]

The inquiry recommends

2021-07-29T14:08:26+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 14:08|

As expected, the inquiry report is a treasure trove of recommendations, a blueprint for a raft of reforms, many of which civil society has been clamouring for, for some time, and some that clearly reflect the inquiry’s cool reflections during its months of activities. Some highlights in brief: The authorities must investigate the murder of [...]

Protest called for tonight

2021-07-30T12:31:30+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 13:03|

Repubblika, #occupyjustice, and are calling for a protest in Castille Place tonight from 19:00. The report of the independent inquiry into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia confirms that: The State must shoulder responsibility for the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. There has been an extensive culture of impunity for high officials of the [...]

Daphne Inquiry: “Impunity spread like an octopus”

2021-07-29T12:47:32+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 12:47|

In brief, the inquiry set up to look into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia found that: The State must shoulder responsibility for the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. There has been an extensive culture of impunity for high officials of the public administration, persons of trust, and a limited circle of politicians, business people, [...]

“Cabinet members have collective responsibility for failing to act after 17 Black” – Inquiry

2021-07-29T11:40:22+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 11:40|

The Board of the Daphne Caruana Galizia Inquiry found "collective responsibility of the members of Cabinet that failed to act appropriately" after the publication of findings about the Panama Papers and 17 Black. "Though some might absolve the Cabinet for failing to act in a timely fashion against the Chief of Staff (Keith Schembri) when [...]

“State must shoulder responsibility for Daphne’s assassination” – Independent Inquiry Report

2021-07-29T11:29:50+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 11:29|

The Independent Inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia says that "the State must shoulder responsibility for the assassination because the State created an atmosphere of impunity, generated by the highest levels at the heart of the administration in Castille. The impunity spread like an octopus to regulatory institutions and the Police. This led [...]

The inquiry report comes out today

2021-07-29T11:03:31+02:00Thu, 29th Jul '21, 11:03|

Prime Minister Robert Abela told the country this morning he’ll be publishing the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry report today and wants it debated in Parliament tomorrow. No one’s seen it yet. It follows almost 20 months of witnesses and documentation so it’s not likely to be a lightweight document. The haste appears a bit unseemly [...]

Standards in public life? Robert Abela sets a new low.

2021-07-28T13:53:52+02:00Wed, 28th Jul '21, 13:53|

One of Arnold Cassola’s many complaints to Commissioner George Hyzler drew a blank recently. The standards czar was asked to check whether a religious convent built on government land used for paying tourists would have made for a better old people’s home than the one handpicked by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri, the former Downtown hotel. [...]

Bernard Grech perfectly calibrated the message ahead of the Daphne inquiry report

2021-07-28T09:15:45+02:00Wed, 28th Jul '21, 09:15|

Do read this article by PN leader Bernard Grech on today’s The Malta Independent. Since Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed, the PN’s leaders have struggled to speak on the subject without stings in the tail, mealy-mouthed qualifications, ambiguity, and sometimes actually preferring to side with those protecting and sheltering the killers rather than the victim [...]

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