Daphne Caruana Galizia awarded Premio Civitas 2018

2018-04-14T15:17:20+02:00Sat, 14th Apr '18, 15:17|

ANDE, the non-partisan national Italian association which promotes active citizenship, social justice and political education, has awarded Premio Civitas 2018 to Daphne Caruana Galizia. The award citation says: “Daphne Caruana Galizia, European journalist in the service of the international community, forever an icon of truth and freedom knowing of the grave risks, who worked alone [...]

Decision to refuse extradition of Maria Efimova appealed

2018-04-13T16:16:07+02:00Fri, 13th Apr '18, 16:16|

Reuters report that a Greek prosecutor appealed on Friday against the rejection of a Maltese request to extradite Maria Efimova, the whistle-blower who was one of the sources of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The appeal follows a court ruling on Thursday against extraditing Efimova to Malta. That court ordered Maria Efimova's release. Following the prosecutor's appeal, Greece's [...]

Republik: Joseph Muscat is a European problem.

2018-04-13T11:33:57+02:00Fri, 13th Apr '18, 11:33|

Swiss online publication Republik closed today its trilogy on Malta in the aftermath of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The first two pieces were linked here. A loose translation of an extract from its conclusion: "Our research could not clarify who killed her. Many said they had proof, but nobody had any. "What is clear, [...]

La Repubblica: Malta, the island of impunity. Here’s who wants to cloud the truth on Daphne

2018-04-13T11:16:22+02:00Fri, 13th Apr '18, 11:16|

La Repubblica runs a double-page spread today by Carlo Bonini and Giuliano Foschini that is introduced on the newspaper's front page with the heading "This is how Malta destroys even the ghost of Daphne in order to cloud the truth". The report speaks of the frequent and repeated destruction of the memorial to Daphne in [...]

GUEST POST: Alpha Librae

2018-04-13T08:06:38+02:00Fri, 13th Apr '18, 08:06|

I received this note from the author of the verses beneath: "These are some thoughts which I have jotted down whilst I have been thinking about Daphne’s 6th month anniversary. I live abroad but I know exactly where I was when the perpetual night fell on our country. The piece is called Alpha Librae, as [...]

International free speech organisations concerned about Malta

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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!

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

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 [...]

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