Newly Updated (21.10.17) : The wall of shame

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2017-10-21T21:50:34+02:00Fri, 20th Oct '17, 09:14|

Alexandra Micallef Joseph Mc Keon    Melly Gatt  Franco Debono Mary Cutajar Ilarya Grech     Joanne Micaleff Jason Cachia Jesmond Zammit   Jessica Sammut   Karen Busuttil Mark Spiteri  Jonathan Terry   Lawrence Laiviera Ross Baldacchino Shawn Damato Charlie Magri Massimo Galea    

Judges: it is time for you to act

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2017-10-20T07:59:32+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 23:36|

When the Chief Justice spoke two weeks ago, he warned us not to expect justice if the executive does not do its job of arraigning and vigorously prosecuting criminals for due judgement. For him to come so far, it must have been agonising. No branch of the government can flourish on any lack of confidence [...]

#Ġustizzja: National Demonstration on Sunday

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2017-10-22T21:47:23+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 21:36|

Demonstration, organised by the Civil Society Network, starts at 4pm this Sunday at City Gate. You should really come. And if you intend to, say so in the comments below. Let him know what you think. And let other people who are decent and law-abiding and as disgusted as you are by the rot and [...]

LISTEN: Corruption advisor to UK government says FBI should be investigating corrupt politicians in Malta

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2017-10-19T21:25:52+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 21:25|

BBC Radio 4 spoke this morning to Jonathan Benton who advised the British Prime Minister on corruption and headed the International Corruption Unit of the National Crime Agency about what he thought of Malta. In summary he says that "Malta has a serious problem of money laundering. You cannot have this scale of money laundering [...]

The thin blue line

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2017-10-19T21:07:10+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 21:07|

Watching the sad spectacle of the Police Commissioner give a press conference seventy-two hours after the most heinous crime and the first ever successful political assassination in Maltese history brought on me the hysterical tearful laughter that only tragically depressive situations can cause. It looked like something from an Ed Wood film of a bungling [...]

How can we explain?

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2017-10-19T16:10:33+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 16:10|

I have been speaking to many international journalists visiting Malta over the past 3 days. I have spoken to journalists from The Economist, Reuters, Sky, Liberation and other publications and news media who came here to report on the aftermath of the assassination of one they consider their own. Many of them flew in with [...]

The elimination of journalists is Maltese government policy

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2017-10-19T11:02:30+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 11:02|

A political officer in the office of Malta prime minister wrote this a few weeks before Daphne Caruana Galizia was blown up: "The people have said NO to hate blogging and to those so-called journalists dictated to by the Nationalist agenda of hate. We have seen the weakness of spineless journalists happy to ride the [...]

How Labour deals with journalists: “get rid of them”

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2017-10-19T09:42:58+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 09:07|

This exchange on Facebook between the so called honourable Silvio Schembri and Matthew Caruana Galizia happened on the eve of the last election. Matthew Caruana Galizia understood well what Silvio Schembri meant by "getting rid" of him. "How do you plan to do it," Matthew Caruana Galizia asked Silvio Schembri. "By shooting me?" Transcript of [...]

GUEST POST: This will happen again. Unless …

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2017-10-19T08:39:52+02:00Thu, 19th Oct '17, 08:39|

by Richard Theuma Whenever I open my web browser, the first thing I normally do is to guide the cursor towards the address bar and type in 'Running Commentary.' In spite of myself, I still do this even when I'm conscious that I'm doing it. It's the first stage of grief: denial. I can't say [...]

This is no normal democracy

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2017-10-19T09:44:33+02:00Wed, 18th Oct '17, 22:18|

A day or two after the election result from last June I wrote an essay to try to make sense of an election result I could not understand. Daphne Caruana Galizia read it and linked it on her website. She said it was the analysis she intended to write but had not found the time [...]

GUEST POST: #stoptherot

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2017-10-18T17:26:08+02:00Wed, 18th Oct '17, 17:26|

by Lisa Darmanin Demajo As the horrific events of last Monday sink in, I am still suspended somewhere between disbelief and grief. Grieving for the mother, the wife, the sister, the daughter who was loved and lost. Brutally murdered and left to burn in front of her son. My heart breaks for them. Disbelief, that [...]

Italian job

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2017-10-18T15:02:55+02:00Wed, 18th Oct '17, 15:02|

The foremost investigators in Italian journalism are in Malta or on their way. For them the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, so visually and morally reminiscent of the Strage di Capaci, is a story with layers and ramifications they have long suspected but feel they must now come here to prove. La Repubblica is reporting [...]