CAROLINE MUSCAT

Caroline Muscat

Caroline Muscat exposed the Gaffarena scandal in 2015, which led to the resignation of then Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon and resulted in an investigation by the Auditor General and an ongoing court case by the government to recover public assets. Caroline is the former News Editor of The Times and The Sunday Times, while maintaining her focus on investigative journalism exposing scandals such as the one on the ITS site in St George’s Bay involving the Seabank Group in 2016.

She played a critical role in securing partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the Panama Papers. Following the ensuing scandals, involving members of government, she resigned to join the Opposition’s campaign against corruption.

Caroline has over 20 years of experience in the field, also covering issues such as abuse in MEP campaign funding, food safety concerns, women and refugee rights and the exploitation of prisoners, among others.

Her work has received a number of awards, including Best News Journalist and Best Environmental Journalist in 2015, to top awards received by the European Commission on work against discrimination. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology (Malta), a Masters Degree in Mass Communications (UK) and a professional diploma in Journalism. She was also appointed Deputy Chair of the Institute of Maltese Journalists.

 

JURGEN BALZAN

Jurgen Balzan

Following short stints working in research and banking, Jurgen Balzan started off his career in journalism with MaltaToday in 2011, specialising in political analysis, foreign affairs, migration and parliamentary affairs.

He was editor of MaltaToday Midweek between 2015 and 2017. In  2013, Jurgen was among the first to interview survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck in which some 400 people lost their lives while attempting to reach Europe. In his reportage, Balzan revealed that the boat carrying hundreds of asylum seekers was shot at by Libyan militias before capsizing.

In 2015, Balzan’s reporting on gifts received by former Health Minister Joe Cassar led to the latter’s resignation from Parliament.

Jurgen was formerly a political activist and candidate in Alternattiva Demokratika. He was Campaign Manager during the 2014 European Parliament election. He was the co-founder of the Green Party’s youth section and also an activist with Moviment Graffitti.

An avid reader and Spurs fan, Balzan is married and his vices include music, travelling, good food and aged rum.