The one who hates the scene

2024-01-22T10:51:02+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '24, 10:51|

Saviour Balzan does not like the fact that his sycophantic chats with Yorgen Fenech from before Fenech’s arrest are making the rounds again. An anonymous X (twitter) account is publishing screen shots. Balzan blames two people in particular, Mark Camilleri (who republished the leaks), and Jason Azzopardi, who Balzan believes is the source that leaked [...]

Fraud is not a private matter

2024-01-22T18:21:31+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '24, 10:49|

The Data Protection Commissioner has told Mark Camilleri to take down copies of chats he published between Rosianne Cutajar and Yorgen Fenech. The Commissioner said the publication was in breach of Yorgen Fenech’s right to privacy and Camilleri’s argument that publishing the content of the chats was in the public interest is just not strong [...]

Emptiness at the top

2024-01-17T09:16:45+01:00Wed, 17th Jan '24, 09:16|

In 78 days, a new president should be sworn in. Just before that there’s Easter. Before that Parliament needs to meet and vote and appoint the new president. For the first time ever, the person will have to be chosen with the support of both sides of the house. So before that a consensus between [...]

Victimless crime

2024-01-17T07:55:50+01:00Wed, 17th Jan '24, 07:55|

Last night, a small number of MPs met with Justice Minister Jonathan Attard who is piloting the law which is all but abolishing temporary asset freezes for people charged with money laundering. They were going through what’s called ‘the committee stage’ which is when each individual article of the new law is debated individually and [...]

Another SLAPP

2024-01-15T12:28:28+01:00Mon, 15th Jan '24, 12:28|

It’s been nearly three years since an inquiry set up by the government itself has found the Maltese state responsible for the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It gave a long list of reasons for that conclusion and for each of those reasons a recommendation which the government has proceeded to ignore. One of those [...]

The door has been opened

2024-01-16T09:11:38+01:00Mon, 15th Jan '24, 11:29|

It is of some comfort that three most senior judges of the land were as unimpressed as we were with the arguments, such as they were, of the Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg and her lawyer the State Advocate Chris Soler that Repubblika’s complaint about Buttigieg’s decisions in the Pilatus case should be heard behind closed [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The Rashōmon effect

2024-01-14T08:39:12+01:00Sun, 14th Jan '24, 08:39|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "A few days ago, the Degiorgio brothers, serving the dawning days of a 40-year prison sentence for killing Daphne Caruana Galizia, published through their lawyers what they swore to be the truth. In some places, their statement corroborates independent evidence and might very well be true. In [...]

On disinformation and misinformation in Malta

2024-01-12T15:05:47+01:00Fri, 12th Jan '24, 15:05|

This morning I spoke at a conference organised by the Faculty of Media at the University of Malta which discussed 'Disinformation, Misinformation and the Digital Environment: Challenges and Opportunities'. Here's what I said. “Is it actually possible to have a free and fair election ever again?” The Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr asked that question when [...]

Laundering the mafia

2024-01-11T09:29:30+01:00Thu, 11th Jan '24, 09:29|

There’s no envying Robert Abela’s balls, caught as they are in Joseph Muscat’s squeezing grip. When Muscat was prime minister the government was run by a criminal gang. Now we have the only possibly worse scenario. The government is the hostage of a criminal gang. They finished the year removing temporary asset freezes for money [...]

The bloody basics

2024-01-08T11:27:05+01:00Mon, 8th Jan '24, 11:27|

Perhaps I'm too anal. This is the section of the prime minister's official website which introduces the cabinet of Ministers: ( When you scroll down, the list of ministers continues, seamlessly, to include the ministers' parliamentary secretaries. Shocking as it may be to the parliamentary secretaries to learn this and despite what the prime minister's [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Kicking the can

2024-01-08T10:54:22+01:00Mon, 8th Jan '24, 10:54|

This is not exactly hot off the press. The Sunday Times published this on 31 December and I haven't uploaded it since. My excuse is I was on holiday. If you've missed it, you must surely have a good excuse. So here it is. "The European Commission’s 2023 (rule of law) report was scathing enough. [...]

What did he do?

2024-01-08T10:28:30+01:00Mon, 8th Jan '24, 10:28|

Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s the thought of adjusting after two weeks of holiday. I woke up today with an acute case of Monday morning blues. Maybe you have as well. But however dark your day is, it’s better than Aaron Farrugia’s. He’s newly unemployed. He can’t ride that grey Tesla anymore. And [...]

Government appeals prisons access decision

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

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 [...]

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