Journalists’ questions were “met with muted heckles or laughter” by John Dalli’s family

Published: July 7, 2013 at 11:44am

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The Malta Independent reports on the totally obtuse behaviour of members of John Dalli’s family – though presumably not the one who brought in a large consignment of green soap for laundering purposes – at the press briefing he gave yesterday morning at his Portomaso apartment/office.

So, you invite the press over and then you have your daughters laugh at them when they ask questions.

The press briefing, which took place in Mr Dalli’s office in Portomaso, was apparently held in reaction to a story published by The Times yesterday: he confronted its author, Mark Micallef, over its contents on a number of occasions during the 50-minute event.

Mr Dalli’s family stood by while the briefing took place; on a number of occasions, journalists’ questions were met with muted heckles or laughter.

15 Comments Comment

  1. Alexander Ball says:

    Dalli showed Muscat a paper that he can’t reveal because of secrecy.

    It reads “rat me out and you’re fucked”.

  2. TROY says:

    Issa naraw min se jidhak l-ahhar.

  3. Watchful eye says:

    Where is the prime minister’s statement after yesterday’s clarification meeting?

  4. Watchful eye says:

    Or rather Friday’s meeting/personal explanation?

  5. Denis says:

    Surely Joseph is greeting all these revelations with muted heckles and laughter.

    How much more ridicule is the PM prepared to accept?

  6. Stella says:

    Min jidhak l-ahhar jidhak l-ahjar.

  7. Paddling Duck says:

    A very desperate act indeed.

  8. Alexander Ball says:

    I think I would take the piss too if the new prime minister had taken his top detective off the case.

  9. ciccio says:

    Ah, while the journalists were laughed at, the Commissioner got some special treatment at the end of his briefing. See 2.25 in the video here.

  10. Gahan says:

    This reminds me of the Fiddler on the roof song “If I were a rich man”
    It goes like this:

    “The most important men in town would come to fawn on me!
    They would ask me to advise them,
    Like a Solomon the wise.
    “If you please, Reb Tevye…”
    “Pardon me, Reb Tevye…”
    Posing problems that would cross a rabbi’s eyes!
    And it won’t make one bit of difference if I answer right or wrong.


    Mr Dalli’s family think they really know because they’re rich and ‘have power’.

  11. Harry Purdie says:

    Could they have been muted last gasps?

  12. ciccio says:

    This is just not fair.

    Mr. Dalli wanted Malta to buy the Sargas power station, but at the same time he went to the Bahamas to discuss the sale of a different “innovative electricity generator that was cheap to produce and very cheap to run.”

  13. vic says:

    Why is the prime minister backing Dalli? It seems that there are many other things that must come to light.

  14. Vanni says:

    I wonder if and how Maltese journalists are able to look at themselves in the mirror.

    So far they have been:

    1. prohibited from being in possession of their smartphones when being in the exalted presence of a onetime village doctor;

    2. penned up in an enclosure, to look up at an ex colleague whose claim to fame was his heckling of the best PM Malta had;

    3. laughed at and heckled by a person, whose name has been dragged through the mud by various foreign media and organizations, and his family, after being invited to that family’s office for a press briefing.

  15. H. Prynne says:

    Not a “ONETIME village doctor”; he still sees people every Saturday morning.

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