Government appeals prisons access decision

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2024-01-08T08:49:18+01:00Mon, 8th Jan '24, 08:49|

  The government has filed an appeal seeking to overturn a decision by Judge Toni Abela that ruled my right to free expression was breached when as a journalist I was denied appropriate access to the prisons and other detention facilities to report on conditions in there. In the meantime, requests I made to visit [...]

Yorgen Fenech proceedings: On the protection of Daphne’s sources

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2023-12-22T08:06:32+01:00Fri, 22nd Dec '23, 08:06|

It’s incredible to me that the courts are debating now, more than 6 years since Daphne was killed, how to protect the identities of the sources whose conversations with Daphne remained on her communications devices after her murder. This was always an issue. Hours after Daphne was killed journalists gathered for a march in Valletta [...]

For this we are changing the law

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2023-12-20T11:38:41+01:00Wed, 20th Dec '23, 11:38|

George Tabone “tal-Gram” is the witness for the government’s political case to remove temporary asset freezes for money laundering. He gives this heart-rending interview to Times of Malta describing pitifully how he suffered for years under a temporary asset freeze only to be eventually acquitted of the crimes he was accused of. Two courts have [...]

Despair is what they want for us

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2023-12-18T10:42:40+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '23, 10:42|

I wrote a piece in The Sunday Times yesterday that suggested we think about Citizens Assemblies, a way some democratic jurisdictions (Ireland and Iceland are leading examples) have looked at to increase participation and citizen engagement. The reaction to the suggestion was, to be kind, cool. To begin with, this is not the first time [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Who prevents the president?

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2023-12-18T07:17:39+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '23, 07:17|

From my article in The Sunday Times yesterday: "Citizens’ assemblies were tested in Ireland before the abortion referendum. Ordinary people were found to have legitimate views and were capable of informed opinions after hearing the evidence and the arguments. The process of letting ordinary people speak and participate in the decision brought national unity over [...]

Listening in

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2023-12-14T07:43:52+01:00Thu, 14th Dec '23, 07:43|

There’s something deeply disturbing about a law that specifically empowers governments to listen in on conversations and tapping the devices of journalists and their relatives. Certainly, it’s a gross invasion of privacy. It also reinforces the slanderous idea that by virtue of being journalists they’re doing something wrong. It is, as it were, a profession [...]

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