If she has, there are serious questions to be asked.
Niall Ó Tuathail, the Galway candidate for the Social Democrats in Ireland, expressed solidarity with activists and journalists in Malta and said he hoped that Daphne Caruana Galizia's family saw the resolution and justice that she deserves.
So my sources were correct, there is a smear campaign being conducted against me, although it hasn't made it into the media, relegated instead to furtive messages on Twitter and Facebook. Perhaps because I pre-empted it in an earlier post? But more likely because none of the accusations actually stand up to scrutiny.
If Saviour knew that 1am call from Keith Schembri it was wrong, Daphne knew it was wrong, and the rest of us all know it's wrong, why is Tim struggling on this point?
Different cultures respond to things differently. In Malaysia, Spain, Iceland people resign for having Panama Accounts and companies in the British Virgin Islands. Not so in Malta. In Ireland, when Veronica Guerin was gunned down in broad daylight, there was uproar from the community. Not so in Malta. No Malta's response was so horrific , and so widespread as to merit description as a kind of cultural sociopathy.
The Independent is reporting today that Raphael Vassallo, MaltaToday's answer to Kermit the frog, is suing Manuel Delia for libel "over an article which suggested that Vassallo may have had a hand in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia". Wait, what? When did that happen?
Let's run through this story together: Saviour "call me at 1 am" Balzan publishes a story on Malta's answer to the Daily Mail: MaltaToday. He alleges, essentially, that Ivan Camilleri, a respected investigative journalist with The Times of Malta, is a petty thief who was stealing from his local supermarket and had to be stopped …
The hypocrisy of his position is laughable until you realise it's a reflection of his internal struggle. He's projecting his own personal strife onto others. He accuses everyone else of the partisanship, self-interest and dishonesty that governs his own nature. But more significantly, as a man perpetually scared of the truth he is forever on the offensive against anyone who actively and truly pursues it. In other words: real journalists.
No.8. In this post I chat with journalist Alice Elizabeth Taylor about being harassed by the Albanian government, how Malta has changed, and why she's not a Russian spy.