Official government press statement calls me “PN blogger”/assaults The Malta Independent

Published: March 21, 2016 at 1:05pm

Here’s the link just in case you don’t believe this absurdity. The government has well and truly lost it. It has long used the official channels of the Department of Information to communicate partisan statements in retaliation for things that are said about Top Crony Minister Konrad Mizzi, but this is truly the limit.

It is a direct assault on the free press and its critics, and a warning to those who think of doing something similar and holding the corrupt Konrad Mizzi and his Prime Minister to account.

Mizzi should issue a statement telling the Maltese public exactly why he and the Prime Minister’s corrupt chief of staff set up companies in Panama, in concert, starting the process in December 2014. The only possible explanation is corruption.

The people are disgusted, and trying to intimidate the free press and those members of the Opposition who hound you for answers about your corruption is not going to work.

The most shocking thing is the government’s delusion that it is operating in an impermeable bubble. Does it believe that the only diplomats who are registering these events, reading about them and reporting back are those of Baku, Beijing, Algiers and Dubai? They are quite mad.

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33 Comments Comment

  1. RF says:

    Who is the current Director of Information? He must be another submissive fool in the mould of the 1980s.

  2. Antonio Micallef says:

    This is so reminiscent of the 1980s.

  3. Fred the Red says:

    You are such an excruciating pain in their arse that you have made them lose their marbles.

  4. Jeremy Camilleri says:

    Have you ever stated verbally or textually that you are a PN blogger? If not, isn’t such a direct assertion libellous?

    • Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

      A “PN blogger” is somebody who works for the Nationalist Party. I don’t have to “state”, verbally or otherwise, anything at all.

      Janice Bartolo is a Labour newscaster. Mario Frendo is a PN journalist. I am employed by no political party and receive payment from no political party.

  5. watchful eye says:

    This press release is total and utter hogwash.

  6. Spa says:

    Legalment int tista tfittex lil gvern.

  7. Luke says:

    Kif hadu over, Madonna. Gvern Kommunist. Meta hi l-protesta li jmiss?

  8. It is not in the public interest for the public to be misled.”

    This must be referring to the prime minister Joseph Muscat, minister KONrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri, Chris Cardona, and that failed and bitter former PN local councillor.

  9. Mal Debono says:

    I particularly like the sentence “Dr Mizzi has put himself to a full tax audit which shall show that such insuations are baseless and malicious”.

    Apart from the atrocious use of language, how can an official government information portal know that the insinuations will turn out to be baseless and malicious, when the audit is not yet complete? Ridiculous.

  10. Tabatha_White says:

    I don’t think his English is anywhere near that.

  11. Thoughtful says:

    Reference the story in The Malta Independent regarding the transfer of Mizzi’s company to the NZ trust on the same as the sale of the shares in Electrogas by Gasoil:

    1. It is common for a consortium winning a tender to be precluded from changing the composition of the consortium, either for a stipulated time, or without consent. It would be interesting to see whether there was such a stipulation and did it require Mizzi’s consent. If so, it could be a quid pro quo situation.

    2. Correct me if I am wrong, but it is my understanding that the granting of a bank guarantee(s) by the government to the consortium also happened in that same week.

    That certainly would have required the consent of Mizzi, Scicluna and, no doubt, the PM, given the amount concerned. It was so unusual that the government issues the bank guarantee when usually government is the beneficiary of bank guarantees in a tender. This is very fishy.

    Either or both of these could have been a motivation for the transfer of funds in an untraceable manner as a means of greasing.

    • Rumplestiltskin says:

      Actually giving such a guarantee vitiated the whole bidding process. Had competitors known that they could benefit from such a generous guarantee by the owner they would have been able to submit a more competitive bid.

  12. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    Of course they do. They read everything and report back.

  13. Mac Taylor says:

    Skozz ‘bullets’ u gass ta’ dmugh jonqos, u nigu pefettament kif konna tletin sena ilu taht Mintoff u KMB u l-klikka korrotta taghhom.

  14. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    This is getting really tedious. Evidence does not exist of a company for Kasco Holdings because a company for Kasco Holdings no longer exists (it was struck off in 2011).

    However, evidence exists for a company in the British Virgin Islands owned by KEITH SCHEMBRI PERSONALLY so he has not denied this and he has not said that “evidence does not exist” in its regard because he knows that evidence does exist and he is not sure who has what at this stage.

  15. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    It isn’t a compliment, because the gist of their argument is that I write what I do because the Nationalist Party pays me to say it, and not because I am a rational thinker of some intelligence who has long since worked out what scum they are and who is perfectly prepared to say so.

  16. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    A nice line-up of #corrupthamalli

  17. RF says:

    When will the Prime Minister tell us who is carrying out Konrad Mizzi’s futile audit? Maybe all the international audit firms have told him that their reputation and credibility are not for sale for the likes of Konrad Mizzi and Brian Tonna.

  18. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    My information is no more organised than yours is. I just remember the facts.

  19. steve fenech says:

    Now that will give Muscat something to worry about. I have a feeling that after his ‘success’ as PM, he would like to became the next Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

  20. Holly says:

    Apparently it’s not in the government’s interest for the public to be informed.

  21. NeedToSpkUp says:

    Can’t you sue the government for that lie?

  22. J. Jones says:

    Why do you think they are so obsessed with totalitarian, dictatorship and communist states such as China and Azerbaijan? Because these countries provide us (or rather the three stooges) with good business packages? Why was Mintoff so obsessed with Libya and Gaddafi? Birds of a feather flock together.

  23. callixtus says:

    The non-corrupt democracies, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the exceptions that prove the rule. The rest are almost as bad, and in some cases worse than we are.

    • H.P. Baxxter says:

      And some of them were suspended. Malta is doing things that are just as bad as Fiji, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. It’s time to suspend Malta.

      I mean won’t anyone do anything about Malta?

  24. Sally Anne says:

    Ahjar tippubblika il-kuntratti li ghamilt ma l-Azerbajan, Kon, “in the public interest so the public will not be misled” u mhux il- “press release”

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