Darkness is nothing

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2021-10-16T09:37:33+02:00Sat, 16th Oct '21, 09:37|

I sat down this morning thinking of suitable words to mark four years since the darkest day in our memory, when Daphne was killed. I sat to think of ideas I had not yet thought, of what has not yet been said in these four years. I sat down to find words as yet unused, [...]

Journalists, Activists in London call for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2021-10-15T20:43:00+02:00Fri, 15th Oct '21, 20:38|

A vigil was held in London this evening marking four years since the assassination in Malta of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The vigil was co-sponsored by the Maltese community in London, ARTICLE 19, the Association of European Journalists, the Commonwealth Journalists Association, Index on Censorship, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, and Transparency International-UK The following is a [...]

Daphne Foundation calls for civil society participation in post-inquiry reforms

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2021-10-15T14:13:25+02:00Fri, 15th Oct '21, 14:13|

A statement by the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation marking the fourth anniversary from the killing of Daphne said that “Daphne’s family must have meaningful involvement in what comes next. The family counts on the Prime Minister to consult with them and civil society on the foundational principles for the independent (implementation) committee, and on meaningful [...]

Who’s calling?

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2021-10-15T11:01:45+02:00Fri, 15th Oct '21, 10:39|

The fact that Yorgen Fenech has been under arrest for nearly two years and is awaiting a trial for his life faced by a mountain of evidence to sustain the accusation that he is an accomplice in the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia does not mean justice is near. There has only ever been one [...]

Free speech NGOs on Malta mission 4 years after Daphne

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2021-10-14T11:24:33+02:00Thu, 14th Oct '21, 11:24|

Representatives of free speech NGOs visited the protest site calling for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta this morning as part of their mission to Malta marking the 4th anniversary of her assassination. Representatives of ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European [...]

Thin numbers in a square

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2021-10-14T11:12:42+02:00Thu, 14th Oct '21, 11:12|

It would be obtuse to behave as if the growing feeling of apathy and indifference is not there. Once again a widespread feeling of acceptance and submissive inevitability keeps many people who shouted angrily in the streets just months ago, at home, their TVs plugged into the Matrix, escaping from a reality they cannot change. [...]

UPDATED: First Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize awarded to Forbidden Stories

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2021-10-14T12:53:38+02:00Thu, 14th Oct '21, 10:59|

Updated: 12:52 The European Parliament awarded for the first time today the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism. The prize went to Forbidden Stories for their work on The Pegasus Project. A team of independent judges hailing from the journalistic and media sectors chose the winner, after a period of submissions earlier this year. Representative of [...]

GUEST POST: The legacy we leave

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2021-10-14T07:35:01+02:00Thu, 14th Oct '21, 07:35|

It is said that Josef Stalin once ripped all the feathers off a live chicken as a lesson to his followers. He then sat the chicken on the floor a short distance away. The chicken was suffering immensely but yet when Stalin tossed some wheat toward it, the chicken followed him around. “This is how [...]

WATCH: “Adapting laws to fight the mafia”

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2021-10-13T10:32:45+02:00Wed, 13th Oct '21, 10:32|

This was the first in a series of debates organised by Repubblika, #occupyjustice and this website as part of the events marking four years since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Other discussions, including a debate yesterday organised by PEN Malta, will be uploaded on this website in the coming days.

Walking the talk

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2021-10-12T12:06:01+02:00Tue, 12th Oct '21, 12:06|

Just last week Clyde Caruana sounded like he knew what he was talking about. He was launching the national employment strategy, a subject on which he has considerable background having run Jobsplus before he was co-opted to Parliament and made finance minister. Read this report of his speech at the time. The general gist is [...]

Sometimes you need to shout it out loud

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2021-10-12T11:02:45+02:00Tue, 12th Oct '21, 11:02|

There is little doubt the budget speech seals the Labour Party's lease extension on political power. It was designed to do that no matter how aggressive the assumptions and doubtful their plausibility. What we can't forget now is that the issue on the lease on power is secondary. The crooks fully expected the election result [...]

They take no chances

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2021-10-12T10:19:41+02:00Tue, 12th Oct '21, 10:19|

Yesterday's budget speech was designed to irritate no one and please everyone. On the back of barely spoken bold assumptions of pumping economic growth, the government told itself and everyone it could afford to be generous. And so it was. An economist would want to examine those underlying assumptions. They would look at the numbers [...]

If stone was free, would you eat it?

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2021-10-12T10:07:09+02:00Tue, 12th Oct '21, 10:07|

The headline item from yesterday’s budget speech is the news that a year from now bus fares will be scrapped for residents. Tourists will continue to pay. The finance minister estimates that for a regular bus commuter that uses public transport to go to work everyday this will amount to a saving of some €300 [...]

Assumptions

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2021-10-12T09:59:02+02:00Tue, 12th Oct '21, 09:59|

No government, however hard-pressed, will want to face the electorate with bad news on the eve of a general election. Yesterday’s budget speech was bound to be a bonanza of gift-giving because no matter what we say about our democratic maturity we still think of the government as some form of Father Christmas and the [...]

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