Police illegally remove ‘mafia state’ banners from City Gate

Two banners hung on City Gate calling Malta a ‘mafia state’ were removed by the police this afternoon within half an hour. The reason behind their removal is not known.

An eyewitness said there was a heavy police presence in Freedom Square and at one time a senior officer was seen making a phonecall and likely receiving instructions over the phone. Officers then removed the banners.


Death of a blogger casts shadow over murky Malta

VALLETTA (Reuters) – Daphne Caruana Galizia posted two items last Monday on her popular blog, one ridiculing Malta’s opposition leader for having rounded shoulders, the other denouncing a senior government official as a “crook”.

A typical morning’s work done, she set off in her white Peugeot 108 to run an errand, but barely made it past her front gate before a bomb tore through the car, throwing it into an adjacent field and killing her instantly.


Maltese government bans anti-Mafia senator from investigating

The Maltese government instructed the Italian government to stop Catanese Senator Mario Michele Giarruso from visiting Malta from Monday as part of the team from a fact-finding mission of the Italian anti-mafia commission.

Senator Mario Michele Giarruso asked for Joseph Muscat’s government’s resignation after failing to protect the life of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. While in kind response, the Maltese government asked that he is not allowed to visit because you know, it’s more convenient that way.

Updated – While democracy lies in tatters, we’re surrounded with this!

Our country’s democracy lies in tatters, there’s no doubting that. Journalists are the 4th pillar of democracy and this week, with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia we sustained an attack on our democracy. While our country is going through it’s darkest moments some people are actually celebrating. Here’s a collection of sickening posts that I came across over the last days. If you come across any of more please feel free to send me updates by email on blog@abela-wadge.com or on WhatsApp at +356 79244924.