International free speech organisations concerned about Malta

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2018-04-12T19:24:15+02:00Thu, 12th Apr '18, 19:24|

Article 19, English PEN, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, International Press Institute, PEN International and Reporters without Borders released today a review of press freedom and free speech in Malta. When Malta was last reviewed for these issues before 2013 there had been no adverse comments. But the report finds that "since [...]

Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia on Greek refusal to extradite Maria Efimova

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2018-04-12T18:52:39+02:00Thu, 12th Apr '18, 18:52|

The following is a statement by Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia: Today's decision of the court in Athens to reject Malta’s request for Maria Efimova’s extradition and to release her from custody is welcome news. But it is an indictment of Malta’s collapsing rule of law and its government's drive to persecute rather than [...]

Don’t expect them to give up

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2018-04-12T18:43:30+02:00Thu, 12th Apr '18, 18:43|

It would be naïve in the extreme to think that Maria Efimova’s tormentors will give up now. Today’s decision in Greece slows them down but she’s nowhere near out of the woods. Think about it. The brutal elimination of Daphne Caruana Galizia did not stop her sons’ torment, or her husband’s. No opportunity is lost [...]

UPDATED: Vigils on 16th April, 6 months from the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-04-13T07:50:47+02:00Wed, 11th Apr '18, 17:24|

12.04.2018 19:07 Adds details of vigil in Washington DC Apart from the vigil held in Valletta on Monday 16th April in the evening, here is information about vigils being held in other European cities. 1. UK Location: Malta High Commission Address: Malta House, 36-38 Piccadilly, W1J 0DP London, United Kingdom Time: 1pm - 2pm In collaboration [...]

Owen’s clause

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2018-04-11T09:34:26+02:00Wed, 11th Apr '18, 09:34|

Owen Bonnici’s argument about the obligation to enforce EU judgements as a reason not to have anti-SLAPP rules in our law does not hold water. If it did it has become pointless to even bother to legislate at all. Take his initiative of introducing a ‘single-publication rule’ in our libel laws for example. It’s been [...]

Republik: Island of Silence (long read)

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2018-04-11T08:34:17+02:00Wed, 11th Apr '18, 08:34|

Swiss on line publication Republik is serialising a long feature on Malta after Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination six months ago. It's in German, but Google Translate works beautifully. Sylke Gruhnwald and Tim Roehn spent long stretches of time in Malta on multiple trips. They also worked with the guys at The Shift News. Take some [...]

When Malta was truly tagħna lkoll

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2018-04-11T10:46:37+02:00Wed, 11th Apr '18, 08:21|

The choice of Joseph Azzopardi as Chief Justice is remarkably uncontroversial. He was a Labour Party candidate once and served on organs of the Labour Party. But he is not perceived by any stretch of the definition as some plant of the government. The Times of Malta: "Described as an uncontroversial character, Dr Azzopardi is [...]

Andrew Borg-Cardona: Definitely not on, Minister

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2018-04-11T08:40:52+02:00Wed, 11th Apr '18, 07:46|

Guest post by Andrew Borg-Cardona. Even if I were a journalist, I hope I would not have attended Minister Owen Bonnici’s press conference on Tuesday, when he sought to justify his failure to show support for the media. He sought to explain why he prefers, apparently, to allow corporate bullies to continue to forum shop in [...]

Oh Glenn!

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2018-04-11T07:36:47+02:00Tue, 10th Apr '18, 17:20|

I barely finish writing about how Joseph Muscat’s staff persistently shame the country in the eyes of the world and in steps Glenn Bedingfield with his foot - nay, both his feet - firmly in it. He gets questions from The Guardian and though he does better than his boss – who has been dodging [...]

The Malta image abroad thing

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2018-04-10T14:04:28+02:00Tue, 10th Apr '18, 14:04|

Josef Caruana says he wants to be an MEP to compensate for the nasty Nationalists who make Malta look bad in the world. Let’s just look at Josef Caruana’s own record, shall we? And we’ll stick to the highlights. Josef Caruana was the editor of the General Workers’ Union’s l-orizzont. The Malta Independent flattered him [...]

Declaration on Satabank story

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2018-04-10T17:18:39+02:00Tue, 10th Apr '18, 08:22|

In my March 3rd story on Satabank I wrote that MyPos, a UK company related to some of the ultimate beneficial ownership of SataBank, was "investigated" for use of its equipment by fraudsters. My report should have stated that fraudsters were investigated, not the supplier of the equipment they use. The error in my report occurred after I reported on a similar [...]

Burmarrad is now Versailles

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2018-04-10T06:59:29+02:00Tue, 10th Apr '18, 06:59|

The ‘urgent’ awarding of a planning permit for the prime minister to gut his Burmarrad house is not just embarrassing favouritism. I am not an avukat-perit but I can smell rot as much as the next guy. The permit granted to the prime minister is also illegal. Here’s a summary of the facts. Firstly, Planning [...]

There was never much hope. Just a fool’s hope.

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2018-04-09T18:44:05+02:00Mon, 9th Apr '18, 18:44|

We never expected the Labour Party to be our ally in the fight for free speech. We never expected them to protect journalists. We never dared hope they’d protect The Times of Malta, The Malta Independent and Malta Today. We never saw much chance they would defend Lovin’ Malta or The Shift News. In each [...]

EUROMONEY: “No trust in Malta”

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2018-04-09T19:34:32+02:00Mon, 9th Apr '18, 17:25|

Anġlu Farrugia may protect Keith Schembri from answering the question whether Schembri was a wedding guest at the Four Seasons in Florence at Ali Sadr's wedding. But alas he cannot protect Malta from the consequences of the friendship struck between Keith Schembri, Ali Sadr and the rest of the gang of crooks that colonised our [...]

Christian Kaelin tells his side of the story in controlled interview

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2018-04-09T11:44:03+02:00Mon, 9th Apr '18, 11:36|

In an interview with 'Investment Migration Insider', a website promoting citizenship-sales schemes, Christian Kaelin responds to criticism of passport sales schemes focusing particularly on Malta and retorting in very much the same vein as Joseph Muscat on similar occasions. Christian Kaelin argues criticism of Henley and Partners is largely the product of "envy of (their) [...]

What the Council of Europe ambassadors really said

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2018-04-08T16:02:23+02:00Sun, 8th Apr '18, 16:00|

Watch this interview that Fr Joe Borg and myself conducted with Pieter Omtzigt on RTK yesterday to discuss the answers he got from ambassadors for 47 European countries in the Council of Europe about the aftermath of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The response was at first reported in Malta coated with the padding [...]