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@FitzgeraldFrncs @helenadalli I'm guessing that she didn't mention this to you -

timesofmalta.com/articles/view/…
@FitzgeraldFrncs @helenadalli Her husband harassed a journalist - @muscatcar on a case she reported on. The case involved a company of which @helenadalli and her husband owned a 99% shareholding.
@FitzgeraldFrncs @helenadalli @muscatcar One cannot help wondering how high her commitment and ability to fight for press freedom is seeing that she was unable or unwilling to do so in this matter.
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⛔️🚢 #Malta, confermate le aspettarive dela vigilia: si cercherà di redistribuire il 90% dei soccorsi in mare nel Mediterraneo centrale.

Il che equivale all’8% del totale degli sbarchi in Italia.

Il 92% di chi arriva resterà in Italia.

ispionline.it/it/pubblicazio…
⛔️🚢 #Malta, è un passo avanti?

Sì.

Nel corso del precedente governo abbiamo strapppato promesse di redistribuzione per il 4% degli sbarcati.

Oggi saliamo all’8% (nel grafico, il “best case”).

Ma è un progresso effimero, più segnale politico che vera “solidarietà”.
⛔️🚢 La cosa più importante, e che in troppo pochi stanno sottolineando: sì, ci sarà incentivo per Malta e Italia a classificare gli sbarcati come “soccorsi”.

Ma anche incentivo uguale e contrario per i paesi del nord 🇪🇺 a NON soccorrere nessuno, per non dovere redistribuire.
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What if I told you that this OPM aide’s tweet (location & time stamp) demonstrates that during #tailsend, @michelle_muscat either (a) outswam not only @MichaelPhelps sprinting but a shark at a steady 9 kph for a gruelling 9 km or (b) cut her 14 km swim short (by ~7 km)? #talltale
Hope that caught your attention. This thread will sum up the evidence that @Michelle_muscat’s claim that she swam 14 kilometres for #tailsend is absolute rubbish that deserves to be framed alongside Kim Jong Il’s claim he invented the hamburger. 2/
In case you are wondering why this deserves attention, after all Michelle did claim she swam 14 km “for charity”, I have one word for you - truth.

You should always defend it or the lies tend to add up. 3/
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Holy crap, @Michelle_Muscat swimming time is up there with the world greats. We know she swam 14 km because from @TelevisionMalta to @marigoldmalta boasted about it:
We also know, thanks to @lukedalli88 & co going live on Facebook, the almost exact start and end times: 11.40am CET to 4pm CET.

4 hours 20 mins for 14 km in open water with a tough force 4-5 NW wind.
4 hrs 20 mins in seconds is 15,600 seconds for 14,000 metres. So @Michelle_Muscat swam at a constant rate of 14,000/15,600 or 0.897 m/s for 14 kilometers.

That’s 3.2184 km/h by the way.
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RSF Secretary-General @cdeloire is intervening from the plenary floor at #DefendMediaFreedom in London. Opens by noting the World #PressFreedom Map is getting darker every year, with only 9 percent of the world population now living in countries with a good press freedom climate.
.@cdeloire points to visible and invisible prisons for journalists. Counter-models are emerging that work against #pressfreedom. We are at a tipping point, and business as usual is not working. Business as usual will kill democracy. #DefendMediaFreedom
.@cdeloire calls for action in cases that haven’t been mentioned: @raif_badawi in #SaudiArabia. Cumhuriyet journalists in #Turkey. #DaphneCaruanaGalizia in #Malta. And Julian #Assange, whose case has worrying implications for protection of journalistic sources #DefendMediaFreedom
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AGGIORNAMENTO

Alle 4 di stamattina la nave ALEX di #Mediterranea è arrivata al limite delle acque territoriali italiane, a 12 miglia da Lampedusa, ma un Decreto dei Ministri di Interno, Difesa e Trasporti ci vieta l'ingresso.

Prosegue sotto:
Il Decreto è illegittimo: perché non può applicarsi a una nave che ha effettuato una operazione di soccorso a tutela della vita umana in mare. E perché non può essere vietato a una bandiera italiana ingresso nelle acque del proprio Paese.
Alle 5:17 ci ha scritto RCC Malta offrendo come "gesto di buona volontà" la disponibilità del Governo maltese allo sbarco sull'isola delle 54 persone a bordo della ALEX.
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I hear that Zayid Hadiyah, Chairman of #Libya’s House of Reps' Oversight Cmte, is accusing #Serraj’s Brotherhood-aligned gov’t of buying weapons from #Iran. Meanwhile, I’ve seen other accusations that #Haftar‘s being backed by #Russia, #France, & even tacitly by the US.
#FogOfWar
… again, at the center of this conflict is something that isn’t being covered: the Central Bank of #Libya (#CBL), the fiscal agent/fiduciary custodian of the Libyan Investment Authority (#LIA) — a multi-billion dollar fund whose assets are partially frozen — and who controls it.
… the Central Bank of #Libya & the #Malta-HQ’d Libyan Investment Authority have both been accused of backing terrorists at different times. As long as this war over the #CBL & #LIA rages, the fighting will continue. We need transparent multinational audits of both organizations.
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As #espionage & #Eurovision coincide, here's #Albania the 1st finalist in this #history thread.
(Also for my #Australia readers seeking relief from #ausvotes as you start your Saturday, it's impressive you convinced them your continent counts 😎)
Next: #Азербайджан #Евровизија
For #Eurovision #Азербайджан and #Spying studies, here's an article from @warisboring about Azeri #aviation being well-placed to use my #Soviet favourite (Foxbat) to work #intelligence against my #USAF (Blackbird).
Zoom zoom 😎💕

nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/spyp…
Next up for #Eurovision finalists with an #espionage twist is #Denmark, whose #Spying #Police (PET) scored a serious scoop in turning Colonel Oleg Gordievsky, the #Russian rezident (lead KGB controller), which later inspired actual #JamesBond plot points:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/m…
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#Censorship - #Zensur:
- #NetzDG
- #Uploadfilter (#Article13, #Article17 will be used to filter out opinions!)
- New #Internet-#Filter in #Russia (this week)

#Journalists: Killed or prosecuted:
- #Khashoggi
- #DaphneGalizia (#Malta)
- #Assange
#WorldPressFreedomDay
2. #WorldPressFreedomDay - Russian #Journalists killed just in 2018:
- #MaksimBorodin (reports on RUS mercenaries in Syria)
- #DenisSuvorov
- #SergeiGrachyov
- #YegorOrlov

#FreePress #Russia #Putin
3. #WorldPressFreedomDay - Russian #Journalists killed just in 2017:
- #YevgenyKhamaganov
- #NikolayAndrushchenko (like many beaten to death)
- #DmitryPopkov (shot after report on police corruption)
- #AndreyRuskov

#FreePress #Russia #Putin
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1. «Caruana Galizia [@mcaruanagalizia] also used the occasion to call for a change in Malta’s libel laws, so that the burden of proof doesn’t rest entirely with the journalists being sued for libel.»

#DaphneCaruanaGalizia #Malta #JournalismIsNotACrime

bit.ly/2BElxrP
2. «“For example, all my mother’s libels have now been passed on to her heirs, but the magistrate and plaintiffs know we cannot produce the key witness, because she has been killed."» bit.ly/2BElxrP #DaphneCaruanaGalizia
3.«“Because of this, under Maltese law, we will lose the cases upon default because the burden of proof is on us.”.“The plaintiff need present no evidence, just file an application without any evidence and they’ll win by default.This is the structural problem with Malta's (...)"»
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1. @gulnozas: "Our main goal at CPJ [Committee to Protect Journalists] is that the masterminds are named and brought to justice. We believe that the independent inquiry into the case would help to achieve that goal." #DaphneCaruanaGalizia @pressfreedom

2. @gulnozas: "Unfortunately, we haven´t seen any political will on the side of the Maltese authorities, including the prime minister, to start such an independent investigation." #Malta #JosephMuscat

3. @gulnozas: "The prime minister Muscat continues with the defamation lawsuit against Daphne, despite the fact that she hasn´t been alive for a long time. The case is now against her son, who is also an investigative journalist, Matthew Caruana Galizia". @mcaruanagalizia
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People really need to focus because there is a scheme underway in #Malta to bury two crimes. These crimes go all the way to Castille. Ignore the noise that @MaltaGov & @PL_Malta have become so adept at creating & focus.

Naturally these relate to @keithaschembri 1/
Besides the high profile #17Black & #Egrant, there are 2 magisterial inquiries meant to be underway. They have been underway now for just under 2 years & there is no reason why they should be taking so long other than due to interference & behind the scenes efforts @ burying 2/
Which inquiries & crimes are these?

- Kickbacks in relation to the sale of #GoldenPassports from Brian Tonna to Keith Schembri via Pilatus Bank
- Kickbacks & laundering of proceeds paid to Adrian Hillman by Schembri the disgraced & planted ex-head of Times of Malta 3/
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“I came to the issue of vexatious defamation suits including #SLAPPs following the assassination of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia when we noticed the disappearance of news stories about #Pilatus bank - which she was investigating - from news websites in Malta,”
@JustinBBarthet
Many news outlets, threatened with potentially ruinous vexatious lawsuits by Pilatus through their London law firms, had removed this content.
The practice of #SLAPPs circumvents due legal process and effectively silences media reporting where the client has enough money to pay London law firms to make these threats. It fundamentally undermines any right to a fair trial.
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“Collaborative journalism projects like the #DaphneProject send a strong message to the enemies of transparency and the free press:

Even if you kill the messenger, you cannot kill the message,”

@laurentrichard0
#TheDapheProject
#JusticeForDaphne #UNCOVERED #IJ4EU
“The .@MaltaGov refused 40 requests for interviews from the #DaphneProject. This is unacceptable from an EU member state,” @laurentrichard0.

We recently highlighted the lack of media access to .@JosephMuscat_JM & his cabinet in our joint mission report: pen-international.org/news/maltas-au…
“It is essential that the EU ensure all MS are fulfilling their obligations & put additional pressure on #Malta to uphold media freedom by insisting.@JosephMuscat_JM & his cabinet grant access to critical journalists & respond to #FOIA requests,” @laurentrichard0
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A good read. Yet there’s more & this explains @MaltaGov’s hold on the judiciary.

Over the past 5 years the bench has been stuffed with @PL_Malta cronies including ex-electoral candidates.

Yet there’s more. 1/

theshiftnews.com/2019/01/30/und…
We also discover that the Commission for the Administration of Justice, the body that can discipline judges, magistrates & lawyers, is effectively captured. Worse the lawyer who often handles these types of cases defending @MaltaGov members, actually sits on that Commission. 2/
A judge or magistrate hearing a case against @MaltaGov members or those protected by same including those revolving around #PanamaPapers, will have this person appearing in front of him or her. The same person who along with his motley crew can discipline him or her. 3/
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Perfectly normal reaction by senior officials within @MaltaGov (particularly OPM) to a minor court decision shuttering a further avenue for investigation into #PanamaPapers on technical grounds.

The #ruleoflaw in #Malta is fine and there is no #disinformation or spin whatsoever.
Case in point: @anticorruption’s plummeting ranking is also blamed:
Case in point: @VeniceComm's concerns over rule of law are evidently based on one person (previously Daphne, now someone else who dares call them a crook).

Also interesting how impossible threshold for courts is implicitly being dictated: independent.com.mt/articles/2019-…
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.@maltatoday seems to be finding some of its stories right off a @PL_Malta propagandist’s Facebook page.

Quite sad really to boast that, after its bludgeoning for lack of #AML enforcement, #Malta wasn’t incl in @EU_Commission’s latest round re: AMLD4 transposition 1/
The source “warnings notice” by @EU_Commission -> europa.eu/rapid/press-re… (scroll down)

It also ignores that #Malta also (besides reasoned opinions & warnings from EC & ECB etc on wider matters) got the same AMLD4 transposition warning in July 18 -> ec.europa.eu/commission/com… 2/
But hey if you’re desperate for “positive” news why let reality or journalistic honesty dampen your agenda, right? 3/
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Ok i am going to expose the biggest NGO #IsraAID Keep looking at updates!
#IsraAID Has Social media accounts on #Facebook, #Twitter Their Headquarters is located at Tel Aviv in #Israel

Site: israaid.org
Facebook: facebook.com/israaid/
Twitter: twitter.com/israaid?lang=en
Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IsraAid
#IsraAID Is being pertnered and donated by many Jewish foundations located in #Israel.
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With @ONE_news_Malta’s latest lie about @occupyjusticema and the non-existent “Erika Mizzi”, @PL_Malta & @MaltaGov launch yet another assault against this civil society group. First it was “political links”, then it was “dirtying monuments”, then “violence”, then “hate”... 1/
This latest one now goes for a toxic line of querying funding source / donations.

Very Orbán in Hungary or Law and Justice in Poland.

one.com.mt/news/2019/01/0…

liberties.eu/en/news/poland…

2/
But what’s even cuter is when members of the “Kap Retweeters” relish it.

So we have @Pl_Malta point it’s fingers at civil society for the planted head of the opposition’s marital woes, who with his back against the wall joins their narrative. Now I guess we have phase 2.

3/
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You realise there’s something rotten in the state of #Malta when a political party in government starts turning its guns on critical private citizens. Essentially wearing down dissenters. Here’s an example. 1/
First an MP @RosianneCutajar singles out a comment by a private citizen, Godfrey, for a comment on social media criticising her shenanigans in parliament including booing at opposition members or giving speeches rubbishing a murdered journalist 2/
He says she’s essentially acting like a fishwife in parliament. What does Rosianne do? She sues for libel for being called that twisting its idiomatic meaning into her being called a “whore” (a dictionary ended that) 3/
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