International free speech NGOs finalise recommendations

International free speech NGOs finalise recommendations

The International Press Institute, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and the European Federation of Journalists have today formally reiterated their call for a public inquiry into whether Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination could have been prevented. They have also called upon the government …

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We walked into the police station. And then back out again.

We walked into the police station. And then back out again.

So we went to the police station this morning to accuse the Cleansing Department of stealing the protest memorial: the banner, the flowers and the candles, including the wreath left by the Leader of the Opposition. The wreath did not have the identity of the Leader of the Opposition still stuck on it but I …

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Courage

Courage

Read today’s The Malta Independent leader.  It can be assumed to be a direct line to the thinking of PN Headquarters. Every newspaper has a right to choose its editorial line and it is no better or worse for choosing to disagree with others. Of course, though it complained about remarks made about a story …

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GUEST POST: Afraid of those that break the law

GUEST POST: Afraid of those that break the law

By Mark Sultana, BirdLife Malta CEO Malta is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Its strategic position was always appreciated by war strategists, economists, peacemakers, traders, and the likes since the link between Europe and Africa was crucial for their missions. This train of thought works the same with nature and more …

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And now that the international press has flown out

And now that the international press has flown out

Our democratic government has again censored the protest memorial in Valletta. The assurances given by the Prime Minister to international press freedom NGOs that the matter would be reconsidered had the longevity of the Munich Agreement and the sincerity of the Prime Minister as that of the proponent of that deal. They waited until journalists …

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Snort

Snort

The current story about the testing of MPs for drug use is seriously unpleasant. I don’t think any of the politicians involved are handling this well. The public already has much reason to mistrust politicians and if the crisis of confidence in the political class continues getting worse the route to populism and democratic failure …

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The Mugabe syndrome

The Mugabe syndrome

Robert Mugabe used to be the darling of the West. His fight for majority rule in Rhodesia was respected because it was just. And his government was mostly sensible at first. He was used to being portrayed well in the international press as the Good African President. Then corruption, tyranny, greed and violence set in …

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Thoughts on the bus

Thoughts on the bus

Public transport users have fond memories of me. Many people would be on a bus and spontaneously think of me and my old association with buses. But if they think of reading my blog on a bus, they’re not allowed to do so on the Malta Public Transport wifi network. You can though visit glennbedingfield.com …

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Tuesday’s homily

Tuesday’s homily

Civil society is rising. Tuesday’s turnout was a response to the indifference and mockery from the political class of people acting in defence of what is right and out of love of country. The people marching on Tuesday were not responding a call to support this political party or that one. They were not cheering …

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