Media freedom groups call for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and press safety in Malta

2023-10-16T07:05:02+02:00Mon, 16th Oct '23, 07:05|

On the sixth anniversary of the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, we, the undersigned organizations, renew our calls for Maltese authorities to bring to justice all those responsible for her killing and to implement in full the recommendations of the public inquiry into her assassination. Caruana Galizia, who rose to prominence through [...]

Tomorrow we remember (instructions regarding Bidnija)

2023-10-15T18:11:23+02:00Sun, 15th Oct '23, 18:11|

Here are the events scheduled for tomorrow to mark the 6th year without Daphne Caruana Galizia. ATTENTION Anyone wishing to join us for the Silent Gathering in Bidnija tomorrow at 3:00PM are advised that there are roadworks taking place in road leading to the site from the Mosta side. Although there is access through the [...]

Pitt, the twinkle in the milkman’s eye

2023-10-11T13:34:20+02:00Wed, 11th Oct '23, 13:34|

Blackadder fans will get the reference in this post’s title. Owen Bonnici did that thing today where he presented himself after half an hour’s work he was compelled to do for reasons entirely out of his control as a Moses on the other side of the ocean right as the waves swamped the chariots of [...]

The silent friends of Simon Mercieca

2023-10-11T12:13:29+02:00Wed, 11th Oct '23, 12:13|

Hard right, tinfoil hat, conspiracy theorist Simon Mercieca “reported” that “my friend” Lara Comi, an MEP from Forza Italia, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for corruption. He also said Lara Comi was David Casa’s friend and a friend of the people he calls “Repubblichini”, his idea of an irritating collective [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Which scandal will do it?

2023-10-08T08:34:13+02:00Sun, 8th Oct '23, 08:34|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "The prime minister now warns 18-year-old voters that they must find a minister to fix their driving test for them. Because that’s the way politics is done in Malta and the prime minister said he would disagree with any other way. I don’t think that’s a recycled [...]

You lose some

2023-10-06T14:59:30+02:00Fri, 6th Oct '23, 14:59|

The Constitutional Court turned down a case I filed, complaining that a court decision finding me responsible for libel breached my right to free expression. The case goes back some years. I wrote a post about how Malta should have an anti-mafia law. In that article I was explaining the meaning of omertà and said [...]

Someone must pay for this

2023-10-06T13:33:55+02:00Fri, 6th Oct '23, 13:33|

The industrial tribunal, chaired by Anna Mallia of all people, found Jonathan Ferris was unlawfully fired by the FIAU. He was dismissed during his probation period just days after the general election of 2017. People think that during probation they can fire someone with impunity. It’s not like that. You cannot fire someone during probation [...]

Incentives to learning

2023-10-06T12:40:29+02:00Fri, 6th Oct '23, 12:40|

This is going to feel like a cop-out though it’s not meant to be. I think the government is right to provide incentives, even monetary incentives, to encourage students to choose academic programs that yield a greater return to the economy. There are, no doubt, more reasons than merely wealth that should go into deciding [...]

Help us out

2023-10-03T17:32:30+02:00Tue, 3rd Oct '23, 17:32|

We've been on this campaign for 6 years. And as one of us was called to the police station today to be interrogated merely for speaking, you may be reminded that what we set out to achieve when Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed is, at this point, still an ambition. We want a fair society [...]

A little hypocrisy would have been nice

2023-10-03T14:25:10+02:00Tue, 3rd Oct '23, 14:25|

Perhaps no other statement by Robert Abela before his remarks of today better represents the depth of anti-democratic populism in his politics and the politics of the ruling Labour Party. Coldly and cynically, he shattered any hope or any dream a child might ever have of being inspired by his example and motivated by his [...]

Blank Paper

2023-10-03T10:54:24+02:00Tue, 3rd Oct '23, 10:54|

Robert Abela yesterday agreed to publish a white paper with legislative changes to the laws regulating the media before taking them to Parliament. It wasn’t something he wanted to do. In fact, there are draft laws already in front of Parliament. They’ve been there more than a year, frozen, after the shock of the international [...]


2023-10-03T12:35:35+02:00Tue, 3rd Oct '23, 10:29|

This statue stands outside the Parliament building. It will be there for the next two weeks as we remember the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia 6 years ago. Its maker, Gerald Moroder, moulded the statute with materials collected from the debris of the explosion that killed Giovanni Falcone in Capaci, Sicily, 30 years ago. The [...]

Their job, is it?

2023-10-02T10:39:03+02:00Mon, 2nd Oct '23, 10:39|

Using words like “shocking” or “scandal” is incorrect. No one is shocked or scandalised to read that Labour Party loyalists are placed in strategic positions in government to ensure they discriminate in favour of Labour Party supporters (and against others) or use public services as currency to secure voter support. People need to stop pretending [...]

6 years

2023-10-02T10:41:52+02:00Mon, 2nd Oct '23, 09:09|

Tomorrow we'll be announcing events marking the 6th anniversary since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The battle for justice is not over. And now we need you more than ever before.

Is this computer misuse?

2023-09-29T10:04:28+02:00Fri, 29th Sep '23, 10:04| Speaking for someone’s right to put up a meme that makes light of Down’s Syndrome is an unenviable job. They say that if you want to be funny punch up, not down. Mock those more powerful than you and you’ll get a laugh out of us. Mock the less powerful and nobody, apart from [...]

Speaking for the washed up

2023-09-29T08:35:48+02:00Fri, 29th Sep '23, 08:35|

If there’s any advice I should ever find myself giving, that would be not to take my advice. I have no illusion of knowledge or life experience that could endow me with any confidence I might foresee a tsunami before it drowns me and everyone else.  Also, I’m acutely aware of my inconsistencies, attitudes that [...]

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