The government’s Department of Information issues a press statement about the Economy Minister’s personal libel suits

Published: February 14, 2017 at 1:14am

When cabinet ministers sue for libel, they do so in their personal capacity. It follows that any statement they release to the media about those libel suits should be released in their personal capacity, on their personal stationery, using their personal name.

Cabinet ministers only sue in their official role when they are suing on government business. And only then would it be permissible to issue a formal statement through the Department of Information under the Ministry’s name.

Konrad Mizzi did this, too: using the government’s Department of Information to instruct the public on the finer points of his international marriage.

These bogans know nothing about boundaries and procedure. #bringbacktheguillotine

  • Jeremy Camilleri

    Well this needs to be seen through and crisply settled black on white. I/we are convinced otherwise wouldn’t have crowd-funded but the rest of Malta needs definite proof.

  • Natalie Mallett

    Xorta hadd mhu jemmnek, Sur Cardona.

  • The two terms are not mutually exclusive, and it makes no difference anyway.

  • A Caffari

    Quite clearly the Justice Minister does not agree with the ECHR.

    The ECHR states:

    “Freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society, one of the basic conditions for its progress and for the development of every man … It is applicable not only to information of ‘ideas’ that are favorably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the state or any sector of the population. Such are the demands of that pluralism, tolerance and broad-mindedness without which there is no ‘democratic society’ ”

  • Albert Bonnici

    Minister Cardona is digging his own grave ever deeper.

  • Jonathan Mercieca

    The more is said and done the more Daphne’s story becomes convincing.

  • Francis Saliba MD

    Evidently the Minister for the Economy has learnt – because it has been forced down his throat – that any attempt to abuse the “mandat ta’ sekwestru” to suppress press freedom is fatally counter productive, and would he please stop damaging the Labour Party beyond repair.during the run upto the next general election.

  • manifimx

    Is use of the word “hdura” something that is normally done in a ministerial statement?


  • Victor Pace

    Awfully big of him to offer not to freeze everyone else’s assets too though.

    When, in Ancient Rome, Cicero attacked Mark Antony in a powerful series of speeches, he ridiculed Mark Anthony’s expectation of gratitude for not having killed him when he had the chance.

    One should not expect plaudits for not behaving dreadfully, he said. Mark Antony was so enraged by Cicero’s skilful demolition of him that years later he not only had Cicero killed, but he had his head and the hands that wrote the speeches against him cut off and publicly displayed.

    His wife repeatedly put her hairpin through the tongue on Cicero’s detached head, such was her anger at his oratory.

    Cicero of course gained his reputation as the greatest orator in Rome for prosecuting Caius Verres, governor of Sicily and Malta, who was mired in the deepest corruption, fleeced his people shamelessly and was a manipulative bastard who used his power to indulge all his desires. Not that that is relevant here, of course.

    • Cicero’s speech in the prosecution of Caius Verres is extremely relevant. I think I should pull it up and write about it. His description of Verres’s abuses could be taken from the present day. I reread it only a couple of months ago, having mentioned it to one of my sons who hadn’t known about it.