‘Hutch’ returns to work after The Shift’s report and a short Dublin visit
Hibernians FC team manager Jesmond Abela, the man behind
Board approves €24 million tender despite tainted procedure
The Public Contracts Review Board (PCRB) is allowing the
Government gives golden boost to Joseph Portelli’s Mercury project
Labour party donor and Gozitan construction magnate Joseph Portelli
AUM to be sold public land despite breach of licence conditions
The owners of the failed American University of Malta
Opposition MP publishes secret agreement between Keith Schembri and AUM’s Sadeen Group
Updated to include Karol Aquilina’s statement During a stormy
Zammit Tabonas get new €10 million direct order
Ozone Malta Ltd, a human resources supply company with
Ombudsman concludes Film Commission’s abridged list ‘might have discouraged’ excluded producers
The article has been updated to include a comment
Luck or scam? Bormla resident ‘wins’ VAT lottery at least 13 times in a year
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. A 64-year-old woman
In pictures: the hospitals managed by Steward Healthcare, from bad to worse
The glossy, parquet finishing in the reception area of
MTA grants exemption to its board member to continue excavation works in summer despite ban
A company belonging to one of the board members
The lucky lackey – Kevin Cassar
Konrad Mizzi’s right-hand man, Ronald Mizzi, turned 40 yesterday. 
Konrad Mizzi’s former right hand man will now oversee millions of euros in EU funds
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malta hawn. Ronald Mizzi, the permanent
The businessmen and hangers-on behind Muscat’s MFA presidency bid
A group of businessmen and former aides very close
18 cabinet members committed breach of ethics when publishing partisan supplements on PL newspaper – Commissioner
An investigation by the Standards Commissioner into whether government
EXCLUSIVE: Government forced to concede to Dubai in Smart City concessions over AUM deal
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. The Dubai government,
Parliamentary committees only work as intended if MPs don’t seek to ‘delay’ or ‘obstruct’ – Gonzi
When asked to assess the importance of parliamentary committees
Schembri faces court action over unpaid taxes
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. Keith Schembri, the
Malta of ‘particular concern’ in ongoing UK inquiry into illicit finance
An inquiry initiated by the UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee,
Gozo pool project already €4 million over budget
A long-awaited Olympic-size pool at the Gozo Sports Complex
Selection of AFM Brigadier bogged down by bitter infighting over succession
Three weeks after former AFM Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi officially
600 Air Malta employees to be dumped onto taxpayer’s payroll, as new company recruits outside workers
Finance Minister Clyde Caruana has confirmed The Shift’s revelations
Development application filed for 60m-high mixed use complex in Smart City
The Smart City project, which was marketed as Malta’s
Workers left guessing as Transport Malta demerger plan is revisited
The government may soon be announcing a major U-turn
Government spent €1 million a month on cultural activities during covid shutdown
The government squandered at least €1 million a month
One of Blue Lagoon’s deckchair operators was Gozo minister’s canvasser
Mark Cutajar, one of two licensed deckchair operators at
MTA wages legal war to hide millions of euros disbursed in questionable event sponsorships
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. The government, through the
Disgraced former Attorney General Peter Grech hired as justice minister’s consultant
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. Peter Grech, the former
Post-Deiulemar BOV share price: Was there an attempt at market manipulation?
An op-ed by a leading financial analyst in Malta.
FTS staff claim ‘discrimination, dictatorship’ at agency – minister fails to act
The Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools (FTS) is riddled with
The two deckchair operators at Blue Lagoon: Joseph Portelli’s associate and the brother of a Labour MEP
The associate of construction tycoon Joseph Portelli, Daniel Refalo,
Desperate grandstanding: PN’s dismissal of civil society
Opposition Leader Bernard Grech said on Sunday, without a
Patients say health minister lied about use of mobile showers at Mater Dei Hospital ward
Patients at the MIU6 ward at Mater Dei hospital
Tourism Minister awards ‘star’ prize to illegal Msida restaurant
A restaurant in Msida, which has been allowed for
Robert Abela reappoints Joseph Portelli’s architect as construction industry regulator
The government has once again bowed to the pressure
Who’s really in charge? – Kevin Cassar
Steve Cachia gave an interview to Noticias Agricolas in
The Shift wins first four FOI appeals by government to hide payments to Saviour Balzan
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. The Shift has won
Government quietly alters jobless scheme parameters to allow it to load more people onto state payroll
The government has quietly changed the parameters of its
Rebranded Projects Malta to pay €1 million to lease offices from AX Group
Updated to include reaction from AX Group Taxpayers are
Konrad Mizzi’s chums land on their feet after former minister’s forced exit
Two of the closest collaborators of disgraced former Minister
PM’s office squanders €1 million in public funds to promote Labour propaganda
The Office of the Prime Minister last year squandered
Accused kidnapper Christian Borg poised to win deal to supply cars to the judiciary
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. All of Malta’s
Electoral Commission fails to answer questions about how expenditure reports were verified
The Electoral Commission has repeatedly failed to respond to
PBS continues to conceal executive chairman’s contract, in defiance of Commissioner’s order
PBS has defied orders given by the Data Protection
Portelli files new PA application to expand Gozo flats village just weeks after getting original permit
Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli filed a new application to
New Enemalta boss Jonathan Cardona gives assistant Monica Farrugia €105,000 top post
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. Monica Farrugia, formerly
Government slammed for allowing gross conflict of interest at MCAST
An inquiry concluded in 2019 and made public by
Iosif Galea’s two European Arrest Warrants raise more questions than answers
The timing of reports that Malta’s Police issued a
Minister struggles to explain Ian Borg’s tents bonanza
New Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia continued to stonewall information
The ‘good thief’: Debono Grech, 83, is PM’s special delegate for €40,000 a year
Taxpayers have sustained 83-year-old former Labour Minister Joe Debono
EXCLUSIVE: MCAST inquiry finds wide-scale fraud and falsification in recruitment procedures
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. The results of
Costly rally organised by Silvio Schembri missing in campaign expenses declaration
One of the events organised on behalf of economy
Konrad Mizzi’s ‘consultant’ David Galea returns to Enemalta
Disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi’s right-hand man, who was
Azzopardi Fisheries, donor to Alicia Bugeja Said, has never filed audited accounts for AJD Tuna
Azzopardi Fisheries, one of the companies that funded the
The companies that made thousands of euros from PL MPs and their election campaigns
Based on the 2022 general elections campaign expenditure reports
‘War’ being waged over multi-million-euro Zammit Clapp contract amid claims of foul play
Law firms closely connected to the highest echelons of
Compliance in their words
GRECO (the Group of States against Corruption), the Council
€350 and a day of dubious expenditure analysis later…
Gate-keeping information that’s meant to be released to the
Costs for new Msida school surge as foundations show severe structural problems
A new government primary school in Msida that was
‘Tainted’ cancer machine procurement: ‘Let’s leave FMS out’ – health official tells Mater Dei boss
Increased doubts over a possible ‘tainted’ procurement process of
Health minister claims Steward Healthcare concession ‘is what it is’, cannot be changed
While answering a parliamentary question about the latest updates
State agencies continue to conceal information about Robert Abela’s Zejtun house
The Planning Authority has refused to release any details
Exclusive: Documents reveal ‘exorbitant’ fees charged by new justice minister’s law firm
Jonathan Attard, the 38-year-old new justice minister, charged a
Aaron Farrugia defends Ian Borg’s €500,000 tents extravagance
Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia has defended the award of
Minister fuming as MMA Chair’s contract renewed before election
New Active Aging Minister Jo-Etienne Abela is reportedly “fuming”
Enemalta paying ‘Muscat’s man’ unique termination bonus plus €160k a year
Jonathan Cardona has been given the entitlement to claim
Polidano won government contracts in 2021 despite pending €40 million tax bill
Building contractor Polidano Brothers – the company owned by
Pininfarina says it has ‘no interest’ in investing in Dalli’s Birzebbuga project
The Italian design giant Pininfarina has no intention of
Evarist Bartolo blames you
The nerve of some politicians. In Evarist Bartolo’s recent
Company awarded €0.5 million in direct orders in 1 day provided tents for minister’s campaign
The Events Company, better known as TEC, provided Minister
Taxpayers paid €4.6 million extra for tunnels maintenance
A supposedly simple and straightforward project by Infrastructure Malta
Portelli’s latest ‘flats village’ got planning approval three days before elections
A large industrial complex once used to produce tomato
€12,000 a month for another political appointee at air traffic company
Claude Mallia, a 47-year-old architect from Marsascala, who was
War and conflict: lessons in democracy
Anġlu Farrugia cut a sorry figure in parliament on
PM’s ‘favourite’ soldier awarded €100,000 job, kept on AFM books for pension purposes
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. Colonel Mark Mallia
Objector demands government scrap ‘tainted’ process for €25 million cancer treatment facility
The Public Contracts Review Board (PCRB) has been officially
Ian Borg issued 320 direct orders, worth over €6 million, in his last 6 months as transport minister
Outgoing Transport Minister Ian Borg, shunted sideways by Prime
China’s Shanghai Electric posts €15 million profit as Enemalta flounders following sale
Tista’ taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malta hawn. Shanghai Electric, the
Keith Schembri set up new business venture just three days after shamed former PM resigned
Just three days after disgraced former prime minister Joseph
The labours of Clyde: A memo to the finance minister
Finance Minister Clyde Caruana has issued a stark warning:
Local supermarket owners demand equal tax regime ahead of Eurospin arrival
Local supermarket owners are demanding a prompt solution to
€1 million for propaganda agents as Labour TV shunts more staff onto public payroll
Taxpayers will be spending more than €1 million a
The grey list is getting greyer
Malta is a world leader in setting standards for
Getting it right
The Curia has taken exception to our report on
Government pressured to oust Serracino Inglott from Medicines Authority on claims of extreme nepotism
The pharmaceutical industry, mainly importers of pharmaceutical products and
Police investigate fresh claims of corruption at Identity Malta
The economic crimes unit of the Malta police force
Bishops overruled on Pope’s visit timing because Nuncio wanted ‘retirement present’
Malta’s Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Alessandro D’Errico, overruled the wish
Gozo Museum project falls behind as costs swell and direct orders proliferate
Construction works on a new museum in Victoria, Gozo,
Widespread condemnation for Ray Bezzina move to DB Group amid claims it threatens Party’s credibility
Large numbers of PN voters have expressed their outrage
Malta registers highest deficit in EU – austerity expected next year 
Malta is expected to be one of the first
The massacre
In the south of Malta, a few hours after
Robert Abela’s unexplained luck
Some people have all the luck. With some, it’s
EXCLUSIVE: Fishermen’s cooperative finances under investigation after years of non-compliance
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malta hawn. The fishermen’s cooperative, known
Freedom of Information request on prime minister’s Zejtun property denied
Commissioner for Inland Revenue Joseph Caruana has shot down
A fresh lick of paint: how government bodies use rebranding for ‘reputation management’
Since 2013, at least 12 government entities underwent a
It’s not me, it’s them
I can’t remember when I realised there was a
‘Tainted’ tender for EU-funded cancer machine published as value more than doubled
A public procurement exercise to acquire an EU-funded machine
Keith Schembri is back in business
A few days ago, Keith Schembri, the chief of
ONE TV news editor Edward Montebello moonlights as public tourism agency head
Edward Montebello, news editor of Labour’s TV station, has
Labour consolidates hold on public service through permanent secretaries
Barely four weeks after the general elections, the newly-returned
Medicines Authority grants tailor-made contract to political appointee’s wife
Annalise Attard, one of the most senior officials at
Polidano Brothers loses appeal to retain €20 million Lascaris Wharf contract
One of Malta’s major infrastructure companies, Polidano Brothers, is
Energy Minister Miriam Dalli sustains gravy train for Konrad Mizzi’s henchman
One of the closest aides to disgraced former minister
Inquiry into Melvin Theuma stabbing still ongoing almost two years on
Almost two years since Melvin Theuma, the state witness
Unfinished business: the ‘Top 10’ getting away with murder
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. Despite myriad institutional reports,
Junior College educators slam system that ignores their input, say they’re ‘expected to adapt and comply’
The lowering of Junior College entry requirements is just
€247,908 tender awarded to company linked with member of kidnapping gang
A €247,908 tender was awarded to Princess Operations Ltd,
The great divide: top government salaries in perspective
There have been so many reports of stratospheric six-digit
Joseph Portelli’s planned developments in Qrendi ‘ignore the rights of existing residents’
The Planning Authority’s evaluation process for two connected development
Prime Minister’s communications team – a band of party loyalists
Prime Minister Robert Abela’s large team of communications officials
Why PN lost
Now we know. Labour’s Desmond Zammit Marmara has all
Credentialled, curated, connected – Labour’s new MPs
Meet Omar Farrugia, 27, one of Labour’s crop of
Less legroom in parliament to accommodate bulging chamber
Malta’s parliament is facing the conundrum of every budget
Skeletons in the Cabinet: the stories ministers and parliamentary secretaries wish you’d forget
Fourteen members of the new government’s Cabinet – out
Outgoing PL CEO George Azzopardi demands top post at Transport Ministry
George Azzopardi, the former CEO of the Labour Party
PL electoral campaign contractor Charles Magro poised to win €1 million mobile toilets tender
Charles Magro – owner of several events companies that
Grey list woes – FATF assessors won’t only be looking at bank transfers and box ticking
Are you one of the many Maltese people finding
National Theatre has been funding Azzopardi’s plays for 8 years
Teatru Manoel – Malta’s National Theatre – has been
Questions raised over new MTA quarantine hotel contract for Corinthia
The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) is set to award
Repetition and negativity: propaganda tools designed to stick
The wave of disinformation in the week that immediately
Cannabis boss Mariella Dimech on €82,000 a year
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. Mariella Dimech, a former
Extraordinary recklessness – Kevin Cassar
Within hours of being sworn in, Robert Abela’s populism
New tax commissioner also refuses to explain inaction on prime minister’s Zejtun property
Inland Revenue Commissioner Joseph Caruana, who replaced Marvin Gaerty
€30 million in EU funds at risk as Polidano tax dispute escalates
Malta may be in danger of losing more than
Prove us wrong, Robert Abela
Newly-returned Prime Minister Robert Abela starts his fresh legislature
Maltese reporter abandons Russian news agency over Ukraine war
Former Lovin Malta reporter Sam Vassallo’s brief position at
10 more government ministries and bodies join effort to hide payments to Saviour Balzan
A further 10 government entities, including several ministries, have
The Pope is coming….no time for planning permits
Planning laws have been brushed aside in Gozo in
Former UCM director-general was employed despite ongoing fraud, embezzlement charges in Italy
Concerns about Malta’s reputation as an educational hub have
Traditional parties in difficulty as Labour endorsed by less than half voting population
While Labour celebrates its third consecutive victory at the
Farmer Chloe gets second ODZ store after Portelli-Abela dinner
Tista’ taqra bil-Malti Chloe Portelli, the daughter of Gozitan
Home to roost – Blanche Gatt
The day after tomorrow, according to all the major
Taxpayers to foot bill for Labour’s final mass rallies
Tista’ taqra bil-Malti Labour’s extravagant final electoral events at
Minister gives wife €14,000 promotion, increasing her annual salary to €50,000
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri, currently seeking a third term
Gozo Minister employs Labour stalwart to support campaign, paid by taxpayers
A move by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri to put
Abela evades Russian rent income in his declarations
Tista’ taqra l-artiklu bil-Malti hawn. None of the thousands
The pact of oblivion
Tista’ taqrah bil-Malti. “Let’s not disturb graves and hurl
Labour can’t deliver a clean-up or stability
Repeat after me Labour’s electoral message: Malta needs Labour
Taxman silent as real estate agents raise PM’s purchase of ‘grossly undervalued’ Zejtun property
Tista’ taqra bil-Malti The Commissioner of Inland Revenue is
150 direct orders, €3.5 million, in 6-month Water Services Corporation bonanza
The Water Services Corporation (WSC), under the guidance of
Ram Tumuluri suspected of replicating ‘fraudulent’ Malta VGH model in Mumbai
A public procurement contract issued through Mumbai’s civic transport
EXCLUSIVE: PM acquired ODZ mansion just 5 days after PA ‘sanctioned’ all illegalities
Prime Minister Robert Abela and his wife Lydia signed
Big business funds to political parties favour Labour, but party declares less donations than PN
Tista’ taqra bil-Malti Large Maltese business conglomerates, mainly in
EXCLUSIVE: Taxpayers paid Rosianne Cutajar €28,000 for resigning following scandal
Tista’ taqra bil-Malti Following her forced resignation as parliamentary
Caught in the act
Tista’ taqra bil-Malti Robert Abela has been caught.  Days
EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Portelli organises dinner for PM to meet Gozitan contractors ahead of fundraiser
The Prime Minister was the guest of honour at
A low, dishonest decade
“Uncertain and afraid of a low dishonest decade,” WH
A Kama Sutra of a political programme
I must have missed the thunderbolt that struck Robert
Government’s chief ‘golden visa’ salesman sets up shop one month after leaving office
The man who for three years led the government’s
While Labour pollster received millions, his service providers complain about late payments
Several employees working for Labour pollster Vince Marmara have
End times for the passport programme – Ryan Murdock
Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has put the final
The wanted Maltese professor with Russian ties still ‘missing’
The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, as well
EXCLUSIVE: Labour Party out of line – audited accounts not presented despite election requirements
The Labour Party still has to present its 2020
Manifestos vs voter concerns: does the PN square up?
In the context of yet another election dominated by
Overwhelming majority votes in favour of EU report to abolish ‘golden passport’
A European Parliament vote to ban citizen by investment
Abela pushing direct orders ‘supremo’ as candidate on Fearne’s district, despite scandal
Labour leader Robert Abela is actively pushing for the
Elections in times of war: who will love our children?
In a video doing the rounds of the net,
The big manifesto crunch: what are parties in opposition proposing?
In the interest of preserving The Shift’s role as
Pointing to Malta, Justice Commissioner calls for ‘complete abolition’ of golden passports
Malta must not only act to stop Russian and
Gozo Channel to spend some €500,000 to fix and upgrade defective property leased
The State’s Gozo ferry company is planning to spend
Green light for petrol station expansion on agricultural land in Marsascala
Marsascala is set to lose more agricultural land as
Patrick Dalli’s exhibition cost taxpayers €50,000
The publicly funded Valletta Cultural Agency (VCA) paid some
Planning Authority silent on prime minister’s conflict of interest in property deals
The Planning Authority (PA) has not responded to questions
Labour pollster given 28 direct orders in four years
Labour pollster Vince Marmara has been given 28 direct
Three ministers hand out €1.3 million in direct orders
Three Ministers have distributed some €1.3 million in direct
Trying to make hay while bombs rain down
Robert Abela is so far out of his depth
Planning board member doubles as director of sales for Exante
A member of the Planning Authority’s (PA) planning board
The iniquity of ingratiation
Anyone who wants to receive favour from the leader
FMS plans revealed as Health Ministry denies manipulation of cancer machine procurement
New plans and designs prepared by the Foundation for
Owners of Burmarrad Commercials gifted 65 year emphyteutical deed starting at €1 per month
Burmarrad Manufacturing Ltd was awarded a 65 year emphyteutical
Labour pollster kept on seven year €370,000 retainer at MGA
Labour pollster Vince Marmara has been kept on retainer
It’s easy when it’s someone else’s money
It should come as no surprise that, despite the
Web of companies linked to Exante still operating through Malta in spite of Russia’s blacklisting
An investigation by The Shift has confirmed that a
Clues for the clueless
If only we had some clues about Joseph Muscat,
Robert Abela’s programme in two words
There’s a rule of thumb that distinguishes a democratically
Zonqor AUM swap is ploy to save failed project
Prime Minister Robert Abela’s announcement that the government will
Health Ministry gives €36 million in direct orders in 6 months, Franciscans clarify their position
Updated to include a statement by the Province of
Elections in Wonderland
We seem to have slipped through the looking glass
PL insider vouches for Christian Borg, raising further questions on Labour’s links to crime
One man stepped forward in court and vouched for
As Suisse Secrets scandal breaks, Labour’s election poster girl trumpets new role at Credit Suisse
In yet another seismic development in international finance and
The destruction of memory
“Expect now that others, our friends in the opposition,
Magistrate Joe Mifsud’s ruling on Cittadella ditch damages thrown out
A blunder by Magistrate Joe Mifsud will lead to
Self-serving parasitism
How can somebody with demonstrably questionable morals and a
Robert Abela promised an Xtra full explanation – but full of what?
On Monday, during two excruciating minutes of dodging questions
PM spends another €300,000 on direct orders to decide on ‘corrupt’ deal with Steward Healthcare
Prime Minister Robert Abela has dished out two new
Army veteran tells his story: AFM ‘from bad to worse’
Anthony Grech is a soft-spoken man whose sense of
EXCLUSIVE: Search at minister’s house confirms protected ‘artefact’ in his possession, PM mum
A search has been carried out on Minister Anton
The two faces of the government’s attitude towards media freedom
You’d be forgiven for thinking that something, somewhere, got
Minister has protected national heritage at home, refuses to explain
A protected early 19th century stone marker is adorning
Girlfriend surprises Minister Bartolo with birthday bash at tourism ministry… when she’s supposed to be working in Gozo
Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo, already under intense pressure to
EXCLUSIVE: Konrad Mizzi’s friend put on €600 a day contract, one week after general elections
One week after disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi took
The only former prime minister to use public property as office was… Dom Mintoff
Contrary to what former prime minister Joseph Muscat said
Gozo architect Alex Bigeni on livestock farm development spree
Architect Alex Bigeni, whose name is regularly associated with
PA thwarts hotel height policy to accommodate De Cesare Paceville development
The Eden Leisure Group, owned by Ian and Kevin
Former prime minister denounces his successor
The former prime minister savaged the current one, despite
The hunt for the brainless idiots
A survey by the Faculty of Social Wellbeing is
Disgraced former prisons director to receive €103,000 annual salary for new role
Retired Colonel Alex Dalli, forced out of his job
Finance Minister mum on attempt to put Stagno Navarra on government payroll… permanently
Finance Minister Clyde Caruana is refusing to state whether
Warning shots in a veiled mob war
The Vitals mystery just keeps getting deeper. It’s not
Fearne’s son gets accelerated promotion
Julian Fearne, 28, the son of Deputy Prime Minister
Steward’s Nadine shames Vitals’ Nadine
“VGH (Vitals) had not delivered, nor had the government
Treasury issues €252,000 in direct orders to former Nexia BT partner
Anita Aloisio, until 2017 was one of four partners
Conflicting narratives about the Steward hospital deal raise more questions than answers
Steward Healthcare has long been trying to get the
Four years after promised divestment, passports fund retains majority share of Lombard Bank
Malta’s passports fund, known formally as the National Development
Taxes: two weights, two measures
With a general election looming, the government has yet
Central Bank governor shielding minister’s girlfriend
The Governor of the Central Bank, former finance minister
Press freedom groups urge government bodies to drop appeals in The Shift’s fight for public information
Seven international media freedom organisations are urging the 30
The oppression of silence
We have learnt nothing. We are still the same,
Weaponising the vote
A reader has written to urge me to make
Malta-based gaming operator fined £3.8 million over money laundering breaches in the UK
Malta-based Genesis Global Ltd has been fined £3.8 million
Eye-watering avarice
“There were even occasions when we worked on a
The Shift’s FOI battle registered as ‘violation’ by press freedom watchdog
The unprecedented Freedom of Information (FOI) battle involving 30
Living on borrowed money and borrowed time
The prime minister seems to have lost the plot
Use of public property by Muscat deemed ‘illegal’
The concession of public property at Sa Maison to
Our regulators: men of straw
Guest post by financial services practitioner Paul Bonello On
‘I would definitely not go to a greylisted jurisdiction’ – MFSA chief
The top official of Malta’s financial regulator (MFSA) told
EU court confirms decision to shut down Pilatus Bank
The EU’s highest court today confirmed the legality of
Government’s press freedom proposals ‘not enough’
The media experts committee appointed by Prime Minister Robert
Politics, for what it’s worth
Your average cynic believes that the world is made
EXCLUSIVE: €84 million gas pipeline payout to be tax free for Electrogas, emails show
Electrogas secured a sweetheart deal with the taxman on
Robert Abela’s bind
As in one of those ‘Neputija tal-Kappillan’ farces, in
Legal experts clash as freezing orders on assets relaxed in high profile cases
Following at least three instances in which high profile
Taxpayers fund Steward’s debts on cancer equipment
The government has been forced to top the €90
FOI request shows Eurovision bets investigation inconclusive, contradicting Minister Carmelo Abela
An investigation over alleged irregularities by the public broadcaster
The great stagnation
A great stagnation is upon us, and it isn’t
Abela silent on Muscat’s public building takeover
The Office of the Prime Minister has refused to
Former fisheries director paid some €60,000 since 2019 to stay at home
Since her suspension in 2019 over corruption allegations, former
Carmen Ciantar’s daughter also gets job with Chris Fearne
Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has appointed the daughter
The devil’s tricks
The storm of scandals that has hit the Labour
Steward Health Care owes the Maltese government €37 million in unpaid VAT
The company managing three of Malta’s public hospitals through
No significant progress for Malta in Corruption Perceptions Index
There has been no significant progress in Malta’s ranking
PM blocks Data Commissioner’s investigation into Joseph Muscat’s golden handshake
An investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner into the
Tax dodgers still being awarded multi-million euro tenders through ‘creative tax compliance’
Vague tax compliance certificates are being issued to companies
Deeds not words
Prime minister Abela bragged, “We are not afraid of
Two years of Robert Abela
The anniversary of Robert Abela’s two years in office
Government to borrow another €1.2 billion as forecasts go haywire
The government is planning to borrow at least €1.2
Largest chunk of lotteries fund goes to… the finance minister’s district
The majority of funds allocated through the Social Causes
New road at the centre of a 3 week protest in Dingli opens door for development application
A plot of agricultural land near a hotly-contested area
It’s not about money
The government has no intention of debating the Opposition’s
University issues €9 million in direct orders, Auditor General has trouble explaining it
The University of Malta has issued a total of
More taxpayer money sent Saviour Balzan’s way
The co-owner of Media Today, Saviour Balzan, has been
Good governance is not the order of the day
It is unclear why anyone would think it was
Speaker to decide whether ethics committee is to continue investigating Justyne Caruana
The parliamentary committee for standards in public life suspended
Stream of congratulations for Roberta Metsola, European parliament’s new president
After a plenary session which saw Maltese MEP and
Roberta Metsola secures European Parliament presidency in landslide victory
Securing 67% of all votes, Roberta Metsola became the
Civil service chief Mario Cutajar continues his attack on the Ombudsman
Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar upped his attack against
Police union flags ‘disconnection’ between officers’ needs and administration
The Malta Police Union (MPU) is currently at loggerheads
Finance Minister’s declarations on Air Malta prove Konrad Mizzi’s announcements in 2018 were false
Finance Minister Clyde Caruana’s handling of Air Malta, with
The duty of candour
If you aren’t prosecuted and found guilty of serious
The press needs good faith not just new laws
What’s needed to implement the Caruana Galizia public inquiry’s
Mayhem and abuse found at housing estates’ maintenance company
The company set up by the government to oversee
Finance Minister warns businesses about tax dues, while political parties allowed to defy rules
Not a single company owned by the political parties
Chris Fearne’s perennial hypocrisy
Chris Fearne was supposed to be the ‘clean one’.
Fearne appoints his canvasser Carmen Ciantar chief of staff on top of her €163,000 role at FMS
Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has confirmed he has
Government silent on China’s project in Gozo
As both local and Chinese dailies were flooded with
Patterns of resistance
The government’s reluctance, verging on recalcitrance, for meaningful reform
Fearne puts his campaign manager on €163,000 ‘irregular’ contract
Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has put one of
Ghasri local council, residents raise concerns over poultry farm application
An application to convert an agricultural field in a
‘Persons of trust’ go beyond Malta’s borders: Arts Council appoints one in New York
The government’s practice of appointing those loyal to the
Opposition presents draft bill to parliament: ‘An opportunity to take things forward’
In what is perhaps the first and most tangible
Infrastructure Malta admits blacklisting measure ‘limited’ as Polidano set to win €40 million in contracts despite tax arrears
Infrastructure Malta last year awarded Polidano Brothers, supposedly blacklisted,
The oligarchic amoralist
Might is right and rules are made by weak
A broad phantom consultation
There’s a Muriel Spark story where an elderly spinster
Solving crimes, the Maltese way
Victoria Buttigieg and Angelo Gafa have some explaining to
Gozo Channel’s unused, leased premises belongs to former client of chairman Joe Cordina
The building leased as offices by Gozo Channel in
Accusations of intimidation leveled at The Shift are ‘absolutely ludicrous’ – Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders has slammed a government lawyer’s assertions
The latest attempt to castrate the press
Poor little Joe Gerada doesn’t want to be accountable
Malta’s newest batch of citizens: Putin insiders, a game hunter, and an oilman facing sanctions
An analysis of the list published by the government
Maghtab gets third waste mountain, Wasteserv CEO says it’s ok
With works for another extension to the ever-growing landfill
Joe Gerada, of FKK Acapulco fame, demands tribunal ban The Shift from asking questions
The former aide of disgraced ex-minister Chris Cardona, teacher-turned-lawyer
Farewell to welfare
The welfare state sees the government as the guarantor
Government in desperate legal scramble to hide Saviour Balzan deals in defiance of FOI order
At least 29 government entities, ranging from the Education
Cabinet secretary stonewalls on new €30,000 payment to disgraced ex-minister Justyne Caruana
Cabinet Secretary Mario Cutajar has refused to disclose whether
Dumb and dumber
Former MEP Marlene Mizzi has long been knitting with
Yesterday marked the start of a new decade
There’s general agreement that, following the 2013 general election,
It’s only impossible until it’s done
This year, 2022, is Malta’s opportunity to prove that
Robert Abela’s grim year
The year 2021 was another challenging one for many
Looking back to move forward
Injustice, in one form or another, is the subject
Resolutions in the land of collusion
Plague Year Two ended in a haze of smoke
Almost 20% of Labour MPs elected in 2017 are no longer in parliament
Close to 20% of MPs elected in Joseph Muscat’s
Indian business tycoon who bought 30,000sqm of Dwejra coastline becomes Maltese citizen
Vijay Kumar Berlia, an Indian business tycoon who had
Speaker eyeing third term
Anglu Farrugia, the former Labour deputy leader who has
Other people
The world hit a record daily Covid cases on
Gozo Channel subsidies increase sixfold as staff costs, direct orders increase
Taxpayer subsidies to Gozo Channel have soared to unprecedented
Education permanent secretary Frank Fabri condemned by three institutions, yet still there
Permanent Secretary for Education Frank Fabri’s handling of his
Education Minister Clifton Grima’s canvasser: a sports official suspended over a death threat
Clifton Grima, who has just been appointed minister of
National Festivals Agency run like a village club, NAO says – but the chairman gets a medal
State agency Festivals Malta is being managed like a
His own mess
Why doesn’t Robert Abela clean his own mess? Justyne
A fairy-tale state
The face of justice. The far-seeing eyes of statesmen.
A Maltese Christmas carol
Last night, many of us celebrated Christmas Eve with
Judge Mintoff’s agricultural leases ruling may be ‘ripe for an embarrassing appeal’
The judgement delivered by Judge Lawrence Mintoff in the
Albanian authorities did ‘absolutely nothing to probe supply of bomb that killed my mother’
Speaking to The Shift in a quiet cafe in
Cardiologist who resigned from MP to join VGH says government ‘bamboozled people’
Professor Albert Fenech, a former PN MP who had
Measure for measure
Consider this. In just one week three members of
‘I wasn’t aware architect is minister’s brother’ – ITS CEO
Architect Gilbert Bartolo was given a direct order to
Refused: FOI request to disclose ‘prohibitive’ €31 million MBR rental contract
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri has once again turned down
It should have been the other way around, Owen
If an apology must come with a caveat, then
How to hire talent
Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful investor, has his
Mystery €2.8 million VGH concession fee nobody could explain
Among the issues flagged by the National Audit Office
The secrets on Keith’s phone
Something’s afoot in the land of misrule. Again. (And
Is the prime minister protecting criminals?
It’s long past time for Prime Minister Abela to
The Speaker to the rescue
If by some unexpected turn of events, the House
Citizen Bogdanovic
There’s always going to be a Citizen Bogdanovic. It’s
Our commitment to transparency: financial statement for 2020
We retain our commitment to transparency as a community-funded
Zammit Clapp may get new management after Zaren Vassallo’s company loses out to new entrant
State-owned residence for the elderly Zammit Clapp Hospital in
Daniel Bogdanovic’s ghostwriter is former John Dalli aide
The real author of a €15,000 report commissioned by
‘You should be ashamed’ – Gozo land grab residents stage protest in front of Curia
A group of Gozitans, supported by activists, staged a
Agricultural lease evictions ‘detrimental’ to Maltese society
Amid rising panic among farmers being faced with eviction
Murder on his watch
The political assassination was the beginning of the end
Know your chickens
It is most unfair. Konrad Mizzi throws a long
Justyne Caruana insists Daniel Bogdanovic doesn’t work for her despite his visits to new school projects
Embattled Education Minister Justyne Caruana is insisting that there
Who took those photos?
Four days ago, in London, two Metropolitan Police officers
Foundation for Medical Services riddled with employment and financial irregularities – NAO
The Foundation for Medical Services (FMS) – run by
An epidemic of fiscal mismanagement
The latest report from the National Audit Office (NAO)
Finance minister conceals last three years of Air Malta accounts, previously always made public
Finance Minister Clyde Caruana has repeatedly refused to answer
AUM fails quality assurance audit but gets licence extension anyway
The American University of Malta (AUM) has failed an
Gaffarena loses appeal as court confirms Old Mint Street building deal illegal
The appeals court has this morning confirmed a 2018
Joseph Muscat’s ‘technicality’: How his latest no-show in court builds on a pattern
If a politician has initiated libel proceedings, is it
Malta Business Registry’s €31m rent for bathroom showroom ‘prohibitive’ – Auditor General
The premises the Malta Business Registry (MBR) chose for
Black Boxes
I almost skipped writing an article this week. Arguments
MTA hands out 200 event sponsorships during pandemic, refuses to name amounts or recipients
Information obtained through a Freedom of Information request filed
Government is ‘either being incompetent or unwilling to listen’ – data law expert
The government is “either incompetent or unwilling to listen”
BOV is paying seven foreign consultants a total of €11,500 a day
Malta’s biggest lender, government-controlled Bank of Valletta, is paying
On stupidity
“Having become a mindless tool, the stupid person will
Cheating the customs
‘It is not dishonest; rather a proof of cleverness
Public accounts committee chair decries lack of investigation into MTA sponsorships
Public accounts committee (PAC) chairman and opposition MP Beppe
Din l-Art Helwa files objection to Marsaxlokk FC development proposal on public land
Heritage organisation Din l-Art Ħelwa (DLH) has filed an
Bandwagon Dalli
Helena Dalli’s latest bungle as EU Equality Commissioner, necessitating
Gozo ministry overtime payments more than tripled in just five years
Payments of overtime to Gozo ministry employees more than
You have a right to look under their carpets
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri can’t seem to keep track
Court drops Joseph Muscat’s libel suit following three no-shows
A libel suit filed by disgraced former prime minister
Companies close to Konrad Mizzi’s ‘person of trust’ still raking in MTA sponsorships
Entertainment companies linked to disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi’s
Underwhelming Asset Recovery Bureau has seized just €18,000 since 2020
The Asset Recovery Bureau (ARB), initially set up in
Minister withholds information from parliament on MGA direct orders
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri and the Malta Gaming Authority
King Anġlu and the Republican Constitution
The Caribbean nation of Barbados became the world’s newest
Marsaxlokk FC proposed development criticised as a ‘front’ for business
A development application on 13,225sqm of ODZ land filed
Anthony De Giovanni gifted second contract at the SCSA, chaired by his daughter
Anthony De Giovanni, the 74-year-old father of politically appointed
It’s not what it looks like
While members of government have become particularly adept at
Legal experts slam ‘reprehensible’ new law on court judgements
Two legal experts condemned as “wholly reprehensible” a new
State Hospitals deal: Taxpayers €300 million – Steward €0
By the end of next year, taxpayers will already
The vandalism of distortion
“The PN has nothing to offer this country and
Malta Medicines Authority stuffed with Labour loyalists and ministers’ children
A source within the Malta Medicines Authority has flagged
Portelli applies for ODZ swimming pool extension to The Valley project in Gozo
Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli has applied for yet another
Government denies whistleblower status to person exposing De Giovanni ‘nepotism’ case
The government has declined to grant whistleblower status to
€700,000 in architect’s fees squandered as ITS new campus plans appear abandoned
A new state of the art campus for the
Robert Abela’s Catch-22
Robert Abela has threatened to take “all possible legal
Former ‘king of Lands’ Clint Scerri shows off flashy Maserati on social media
Clint Scerri, the government official at the Lands Authority
The Shift turns four
Amid the bustle of our investigations, newsroom meetings, reports,
The phenomenon of ‘self-suspension’
“Self-suspension” has become a bizarrely fashionable move for public
Court unfreezes Evarist Bartolo canvasser’s ‘corruption’ block, despite ongoing criminal case
In a rare and ‘surprising’ decision, Magistrate Donatella Frendo
Lands Authority silent on monopolisation of Armier beach clubs by one operator
Signature Entertainment Group, recently mentioned in news reports relating
The Electrogas hockey stick
The EU could end up helping accused murderer Yorgen
Tunnels maintenance project also goes to… Construct Furniture shareholders
The private consortium which was awarded a multi-million contract
Suppressing Dissent
Teachers following legitimate union directives were individually summoned to
Safety in Zombieland 
The first rule of Zombieland: zombies eat brains. If
‘I felt completely humiliated’ – police officer passed over for promotion speaks up
After the Ombudsman ruled that Superintendent Ray D’Anastas was
SiGMA – raising the spectre of summer 2020
Robert Abela has some explaining to do. The prime
‘Coalition for Gozo’ calls for immediate suspension of Xlendi boathouse development
Concern about rampant over-development in Gozo is mounting rapidly,
The magic of making the illegal legal
Well that wasn’t much of a surprise, was it?
REFUSED: Dingli explosives factory development application turned down
In a rare decision, the Planning Board of the
The scourge of procedural errors
Much has been written about how the prosecution seems
Joseph Portelli asks Planning Authority to sanction illegal excavation works in Qala
In the latest twist in a long-running saga, Gozitan
Concerns raised over Alex Dalli’s second-in-command remaining in place after prison director’s ‘self-suspension’
The situation at Malta’s correctional facility is a “time
Corinthia Hal-Ferh deal under scrutiny over potential illegal state aid
National and EU authorities are looking into the potential
Malta’s standards joke
“The vote on the Standards Commissioner report was a
Sister of PM’s wife appointed to four different government boards since 2013
Alison Zerafa Civelli, the sister of the prime minister’s
Crisis looming as government’s electricity tariffs lock coming to an end
Energy Minister Miriam Dalli is refusing to say whether
Wrecking the PN’s chances
If the PN continues to ignore Bernard Grech’s weak
Labour Party Secretary’s cousin awarded €722,994 in government contracts since 2013
Wilson Mifsud, the cousin of Labour Party Secretary William
Government ministries stonewall questions on number of employees in state bodies
Every single government ministry has ignored questions sent to
Immunity and impunity
‘Immunity’ has to be the word for 2021. The
Humpty Dumpty’s country
Around Europe, the patron saint of hunters is St
Malta’s house of horrors
“Christ forgave the bastards, but I can’t!” – Billy
Government ministry staff numbers jumped 14.6% in 2021, swelling total to almost 34,000
The number of employees in government ministries and departments
Consulting fees or deferred bribes?
The police say they are investigating Joseph Muscat for
MEP Roberta Metsola vows European Parliament ‘will not stop’ in fight against SLAPPs
“I can assure you; we will not stop,” was
Malta must strengthen fight against human trafficking – Council of Europe report
Malta has been asked, again, to step up its
UPDATED: Mtarfa Council being run from Piccadilly Circus since Mayor got High Commission post in July
Updated to add UK approval of Manuel Mallia as
Convicted former priest’s criminal record casts doubt on future warrant eligibility
Following concerns about whether a former Gozitan priest found
Media Freedom Rapid Response reports violation against The Shift journalist by court official
An international media freedom violation tracker has sounded the
Prison Director General Dalli suspends himself after 13th death on his watch
The Home Affairs Ministry has officially confirmed that the
PA concealed crucial documents showing Dingli ODZ ‘tourist development’ includes residential element
The Planning Authority withheld crucial documents related to a
Coral Mizzi
Corals just look dead but they’re alive.  The most
Tourism minister’s entourage gets VIP treatment at Old Trafford
Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo has posted pictures of himself
Minister refuses to divulge names of developers receiving €4 million from Malta Enterprise
The government agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment
Muscat’s diabolical legacy
As shamed ex-prime minister Joseph Muscat attempts to weather
Moonlighting MCAST Principal paid two government salaries, taking home €117k a year
The Principal of MCAST, James Calleja, was given a
Absolution by the masses
I find myself regularly returning to the subject of
Konrad’s antics make Labour the real loser
Konrad Mizzi finally appeared before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee
PN files judicial protest against government over ‘fraudulent and corrupt’ Steward Healthcare deal
The Nationalist Party announced in a press conference held
The scourge of twisted logic
A photo of what Xlendi will look like when
Police investigation into MCAST ‘jobs for votes’ scandal still ongoing
The police have still not concluded criminal investigations into
A congress of clowns
Konrad Mizzi is still running out the clock, this
‘Killing the truth appears to be the safest crime in the world’ – Caroline Muscat
“As things stand now, killing the truth appears to
October’s media circus: how politicians dominate coverage
It is no secret that political parties in Malta
Central Link road contractors’ consortium among ‘frontrunners’ of bidders for Marsaskala marina
A group of wealthy contractors, considered to be very
Konrad Mizzi presents belligerent defence of Electrogas project during stormy PAC meeting
Disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi began his testimony to
Convicted paedophile priest admitted to university law course
A 49-year-old Gozitan former priest, who was convicted of
Concert contractors left unpaid as €500,000 MTA sponsorship vanishes
Seven Maltese companies, including Public Broadcasting Services, have been
‘Nuxellina’ learns her fate
How do you solve a problem like Rosianne? The
Construct Furniture shareholders awarded millions in government contracts since 2013
Construct Furniture, the company currently facing court proceedings over
‘Grey-listing has made Malta impossible. We are leaving’ – founder of international fintech company
An international payments company, set up in Malta in
Hard hearts
They didn’t like what she was reporting, didn’t like
The political apparatus of hate
When it comes to the latest democratic outrage by
OPM says it has ‘no documents’ on €120,000 golden handshake to Joseph Muscat
The Office of the Prime Minister is insisting that
Travesties of justice
A few days ago, Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis
Teenage workplace victim Matthew Bartolo’s family: ‘instead of helping us, they’re breaking us’
The welcoming warmth of the Bartolo family’s living room,
Court strikes down Law Commissioner Antonio Mizzi’s ‘irregular’ development permit
The Appeals Court, presided over by Chief Justice Mark
Someone better wake up Alex Muscat
Alex Muscat is either fast asleep or seriously deluded,
Gozo Ministry ‘completes’ illegal works at Gozo pool project as costs soar by millions of euros
The Planning Authority (PA) is next week expected to
Four months after Malta’s grey-listing: what’s happened so far?
Four months after Malta was placed on the Financial
Four bids submitted for Marsascala marina deal, as process proceeds in defiance of public outrage
Four bidders, including two consortia, have formally submitted their
A catalogue of human rights violations
“Malta’s government is in denial about the catalogue of
Government is ‘denying reality’ on Steward Health Care deal
Opposition MP Adrian Delia on Monday accused the government
Government’s trapping derogation for ‘research’ a ‘short-lived distraction’ – Mark Anthony Falzon
An anthropologist who specialises in hunting and conservation has
Magisterial inquiry underway into suspected abuse of EU Funds – junior minister in spotlight
Tens of thousands euros in EU and local public
Generation expat
According to an old Greek saying, “A society grows
Steward’s turn of the screw
Robert Abela insistently asks voters: “Who do you want
19 government MPs stonewall questions from Opposition MPs since re-opening of parliament
A total of 19 government MPs failed to answer
Education Ministry in spectacular about-turn in MCAST lecturer’s court challenge of transfer order
The Education Ministry has reversed a decision to transfer
Is Angelo Gafa above the law?
Former police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar threw away the rule
Trillion-dollar hedge fund administrator Citco among 21 finance firms to surrender licences since early September
Citco, an international hedge fund administrator  which oversees around
PBS technically bankrupt even as Labour apologists continue to hoover up millions
The latest published accounts of Malta’s national broadcaster PBS
Well-connected lawyers grab €300,000 in legal fees from Gozo Ministry in under three years
A small group of well-connected lawyers, including Simon Schembri,
Disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi pulls third no-show at Public Accounts Committee hearing
Konrad Mizzi has failed for a third time to
Ponte Ferries begins sea-testing ferry, but actual start date of new Malta-Sicily service remains elusive
Ponte Ferries, the new ‘low-cost’ catamaran service to Sicily
Malta’s child cruelty
The United Nations Committee on the rights of the
BUDGET: Government ministries to spend €2.4 billion more in 2022 than in 2021
Last week, the government announced its 2022 budget, which
Mellieha Bay to suffer ‘major negative impact’ from new hotel project, EIA report says
A proposed redevelopment of the iconic Mellieha Bay Hotel
Jittery moves and election chatter
Rumours of a late November general election have exploded
Six years after his death, family of teenage workplace victim Matthew Bartolo still awaits justice
Six years after the workplace death of a teenager
Your vote: how to have it both ways
They’re at it again. The two major Parties are
Our pledge to Daphne Caruana Galizia
Four years after the heinous assassination of Malta’s leading
Malta scores below regional average in new rule of law report
Malta has ranked below the regional average in every
New Gozo courthouse announced in 2013 still languishing on plan
Eight years after the announcement of the building of
Investigating attacks is how journalists should fight back
The Shift News investigation into the network of secret
Contract for cargo facilities goes to Joseph Portelli for €18 million more than cheapest offer
The contract to build a new quay and cargo
Better late than never, or is it?
Monday, 11 October, started as a day no different
Saviour Balzan bags another €20,000 as justice minister renews his PR consultancy contract
Media Today co-owner Saviour Balzan has bagged another €20,000
Standards Down Under
“I have made it clear that if any of
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage was not consulted on metro project
The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage (SCH) has told The
Corinthia scandal: PN wants hotel chain to pay full amount in advance, but remains silent
The Opposition wants to see a change in the
Clyde Caruana’s magic faraway tree
Apologies to Enid Blyton. But listening to Clyde Caruana’s
Maltese worker injured on duty fired by employer holding him responsible for damages
A Maltese truck driver and machinery operator, Joseph Spiteri,
Justice Minister puts judge’s daughter on his ministry’s payroll
The 26-year old, recently-qualified daughter of former Labour deputy
Democracy’s not going anywhere
“I choose not to go.” Konrad Mizzi’s reply to
TVM’s alternate universe
Unless you’ve watched TVMnews+, you don’t know half of
280 workplace health and safety court cases decided in seven years, none lead to jail time
None of the 280 decided judicial cases related to
One regime, many scandals
Last week, Malta’s President George Vella and Foreign Minister
New record: 350 direct orders in 6 months by Transport Malta cost taxpayers €13.6 million
Another raft of direct orders in the first six
Labour’s grip on PBS tightens – we know where this is heading
Barely a week after the Center for Media, Data
REVEALED: Corinthia will in fact pay only €1.3 million, rather than €10 million, for Hal Ferh
Article updated to include Right of Reply by Corinthia.
BOV to stop Mastercard, clients informed Visa is their only option
Thousands of Bank of Valletta clients holding a Mastercard
Konrad’s day of reckoning
Disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi, one of the evil
Alleged fraudster’s ship servicing company never submitted audited accounts
Updated to include a response from the MFSA. Multinational
Factory of lies
What’s happened to PN MP Karol Aquilina over the
Alleged $50 million fraudster released by Maltese courts owns shares in Malta-based companies
Frank Rafaraci, who allegedly defrauded the US Navy of
Disposable foreigners and the road to riches
Jaiteh Lamin fell two storeys from a building site
Prime minister awards direct order to law firm linked to his parliamentary secretary
A government agency falling under the direct responsibility of
Nation in disbelief over ‘obscene’ news of injured worker dumped on pavement
After the publication of shocking images of a terrified
Hotel complex on ex-Pulvich factory land in protected area recommended for approval
The controversial application aiming to convert an abandoned explosives
Reports of CIA plot creates waves in Assange case
Reports of an alleged CIA plot against Wikileaks founder
Minister Jose Herrera awards his main canvasser a €55,000 post at Manoel Theatre
National Heritage Minister Jose’ Herrera has placed a retired
Never trust a turncoat
The extraordinary news that Labour MP and PN flip-flopper
Caravan village at White Rocks stays past deadline
A site that morphed into a caravan village over
UPDATED: Adrian Delia takes on SVDP direct order recipient James Caterers as legal client
Updated to add Adrian Delia’s comments. Shortly after stepping
The point of perspective
At the start of the 15th century Filippo Brunelleschi
From cranes to craniums
Our minister of finance, Clyde Caruana, is back with
Government offers Corinthia Group Ghajn Tuffieha site for €10.3 million
After more than two years of negotiations between the
Twisted perspectives
Uniformity of thought and behaviour is a dangerous thing,
Public funds for private hobbies
The government has opened the coffers of the National
Putting things in perspective
I woke up to a stream of emails this
Taxpayers funding Robert Abela’s continuity in feeding Joseph Muscat’s ‘fat cats’
Despite the changing of the guard in 2020, Prime
Farewell to Comino
Malta’s last precious outpost of sanity has fallen to
MCAST defies court order to stop ‘vindictive’ actions against senior lecturer who unveiled wrongdoing
MCAST Principal James Calleja has ignored a court order
Zammit Lewis’ certificate
Edward Zammit Lewis was feeling the heat.  Visibly angry
Two consortia accuse Minister Ian Borg of breaching procurement rules on Gozo tunnel project
A controversial project to construct an underwater tunnel between
Portelli and the politicians
Joseph Portelli, the Gozitan building contractor who appeared out
Government spent at least €89.2 million on questionable direct orders since July 2020
Just five of The Shift’s multiple investigations into government-issued
Public sector jobs swell by 25% under Labour to a record 50,000 – total number actually higher
Over the past eight years, public sector employment has
Mega structures built around Shoreline project at Smart City raise concerns
A collection of large structures, including roofed metal sheds,
The enemy is the state 
The State is under siege. Its enemies are everywhere.
With passport sales, we undermine our sovereignty
Many readers of The Shift will already be sympathetic
The Schembri clan: proving the proverb
Josette Schembri Vella, wife of alleged fraudster and money
The sound of doors slamming shut
What must it be like to be Clyde Caruana,
‘Media and freedom of speech are indispensable’ for EU democracy, vice-president of EU commission says
Vice-President of the EU Commission for Values and Transparency
PBS erases news item about waterpolo official and Labour activist after call from Castille
A PBS news item reporting disciplinary action against a
Still sinking with no end in sight
Finance Ministry permanent secretary Alfred Camilleri claimed Malta would
Encroachment by stealth: speculators quietly gobbling up Malta’s farmland
Three areas historically known for their agricultural, natural, historical
Forty-seven months
It’s been almost four years since the brutal assassination
A country built on dirty money
For almost 20 years, Malta has built much of
Musical chairs at Electoral Commission as political parties prepare for looming elections
Several new faces reflecting the recent leadership changes at
MFSA offers secret deals on non-compliance offences to select companies, individuals
Since 2014, the Malta Financial Services Authority has been
Malta ranked worst in the EU for money-laundering risk: Basel AML Index 2021
Malta is the riskiest jurisdiction in the European Union
Joseph Muscat: Hero of two worlds
He was one of those rare people who, despite
OCCRP: Malta looks like a country working on behalf of criminal groups
Veteran crime and corruption investigative journalist and co-founder at
PA blocks information on substantial legal fees paid to Robert Abela
The Planning Authority has turned down an official request
Disinformation watch – defiant defence
When reports emerged that on 8 September, the Parliamentary
The democracy of pigeons
Tell me that an election is coming without telling
Planning travesties: residents’ and NGOs’ objections increase, but has anything changed?
Over the past few years, residents and environmental NGOs
Smug brush offs won’t save you, Robert
Robert Abela, astonishingly serving as prime minister of Malta,
Framing the electoral choice
They slipped under the radar, Malta’s most significant responses
Public gathering and protest swim at Marsascala Bay to defend ‘only open space left’
Residents and activists gathered in Marsascala this afternoon for
Keeping things in check #5
The absurdities never stop, do they? From Robert Abela’s
Unfit for office, and oblivious
He was screwing his face up, scowling and frowning,
83% of Maltese believe EU funds should only go to countries that respect rule of law principles
More than four-fifths of Maltese respondents to the EU’s
A frenzy of coincidental spending
Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo dished out funds to three
Solar farm proposals rejected by academics, farmers, NGOs, opposition party
Two proposed solar farm projects in Mġarr and Burmarrad,
Voters held to ransom
As speculation about a possible November election intensifies, the
Massaging morale
“The success of Team Malta is the Labour Party’s
The Shift invited to present its investigation on political propaganda and Daphne’s assassination at IPI World Congress
The findings of The Shift’s six-month investigation into the
Dalli’s turn in the dock
Shamed and humiliated former EU commissioner John Dalli is
GWU lands €109 million jobless scheme deal despite cheaper rival bid
A company owned by the General Workers Union and
The unexpected return of the NIMBY voter
Beyond the world of polls and surveys where Labour
What next, SLAPPing MPs?
Let’s start from the first principles: the SLAPP suit
The controlled explosion
Nothing shows how much has changed in the relationship
No free passes, George Vella
We’ve been treated often enough to the sight of
24 financial services companies surrender licences since greylisting
Twenty-four financial services companies have voluntarily handed back their
Family Minister appointed canvasser and disgraced Lands Authority official Matthew Zammit as director at state agency
A disgraced Lands Authority official, forced to resign last
Malta enabled a money laundering machine
The failings of due diligence in every possible sphere
Public finances floundering in danger zone as debt soars €2.2 billion in 18 months
Malta’s public debt ballooned by as much as €2.1
Pilatus Bank: too little, too late
The FIAU has fined shuttered money-launderette Pilatus Bank €4.9
Fearne’s ministry splashed out €60 million on direct orders in first half of this year
Deputy prime minister Chris Fearne’s health ministry has spent
The vote buyer
“I have a duty to help whenever possible”.  This
Appeals court slams government over ‘irregular’ Grand Harbour concession
A ‘secret’ deal struck between Transport Malta, under the
Swallowing red herrings
Crazy just keeps getting crazier on this insane island.
Culture of impunity allows deceit and dishonesty to run rampant
We’ve all been the victims of lies propagated by
Bahrija gate blocking public access to coast still there; sanctioning process suspended at applicant’s request
An illegal gate that has been blocking public access
The rich pay cheap, the poor pay dear
It was Aristotle who observed that the rich pay
Malta’s prison-to-prison pipeline: a community living in terror
One of the leaders of Malta’s community for Sudanese
Marsascala is more than a bay, it’s a community a marina would kill
I spent 10 years of my life in Marsascala.
Marsascala marina protest draws hundreds as speakers demand bay is defended from attacks from rich people
“This whole issue has served one, good purpose: many
Disinformation Watch: I’m not campaigning, you’re campaigning!
Eagle-eyed observers and those who monitor our politicians’ social
Exposed: Arts minister awards two-thirds of national festa NGOs’ fund to groups from his own electoral district
A national arts fund administrated by the Arts Council,
Pre-election vote buying has already begun
Finance Minister Clyde Caruana wants you to know that
Calls for justice mark 57th birthday of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
On the occasion of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s 57th birthday,
Constitutional reform process dormant as committee fails to meet for nine months
A bipartisan committee set up under the auspices of
The secret plans of Ian Borg
There’s something very disturbing about what’s happening in Marsascala
Prime minister used architect later found guilty of Miriam Pace’s death on L-Iklin property deal
Roderick Camilleri, the architect who was found guilty of
Divine accountability
“That which I do, I do before God”. This
DB Group/James Caterers snapped up €6.2 million contract for COVID vaccination roll-out in April
Two of Malta’s wealthiest businessmen pocketed €6.2 million earlier
Gozo Channel ordered to issue ‘forgotten’ pier tender after The Shift’s report
A ‘forgotten’ tender, for the provision of fenders and
What’s up?
I am not referring to the chat application frequently
MTA profiteering from Covid-19 hotels as quarantined guests are charged 30%-40% extra for their forced stays
The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) is making a profit
The Fall
“You are a father and a family man, what
Conscience of the State
President George Vella and his conscience are in the
Sleeping with the fishes
The publication of the conclusions of the public inquiry
Home Affairs minister refuses to explain ‘expertise allowance’ award to PL crony
The government is refusing to explain why former PL
Law student organisations face criticism for not signing statement calling for resignations
Law student organisations are facing criticism for their failure
Whose interests are being served?
Malta’s rusted wheels of justice have clanked and squealed
Medical professionals distance themselves from doctor associated with anti-vaxxer groups
Medical professionals have distanced themselves from the views expressed
Suspended fisheries director still pocketing full pay every month, two years after corruption allegations
Malta’s former top government fisheries official, Andreina Fenech Farrugia,
Gozo Minister is seeking hairdressers…  no qualifications needed
Clint Camilleri’s Gozo Ministry is seeking to recruit an
‘Democracy dies when people don’t pay attention’ – 46th vigil held in memory of slain journalist
“Democracy dies when we, the people, fail to pay
5 Covid-19 vaccine myths explained
Despite Malta’s successful vaccination rate against Covid-19, and the
Bedingfield’s banality
Why do ordinary people do appalling things? The political
Snakes and ladders
It’s not just what; it’s who. It’s not just
Bedingfield among seven government MPs using state funds to boost their image amid election speculation
Government whip Glenn Bedingfield and six other government MPs
PM set to award new, multi-million euro direct order to DB Group/James Caterers
Prime Minister Robert Abela’s government is in the final
Rising sea levels could submerge parts of Malta, climate change expert warns
Parts of the Maltese islands are at risk of
A ministry is the gift that keeps giving
Joseph Muscat is the national curse that keeps on
PA orders Portellis to dismantle parts of illegal ‘agricultural store’
Gozo construction magnate Joseph Portelli and his daughter Chloe
Golden handshakes: double payouts for reinstated politicians
At least four reinstated cabinet ministers are in line
Burying bad news
“Another positive certificate for Malta,” ONE News announced after
Joseph Muscat’s €120,000 golden handshake was THREE times average terminal benefits
The €120,000 golden handshake paid by taxpayers to disgraced
The great deceiver: why Sant’s toxic ideas are always deadly
Three days ago, failed former prime minister and supreme
Strong measures to remedy the toxic situation
The long list of recommendations proposed by the report into the
Edward’s plagued acquaintances
What is your relationship with Yorgen Fenech? This was
Malta Today co-owner Roger De Giorgio slapped with enforcement order over Gianpula club
Roger De Giorgio, owner of the popular Gianpula club
The tapir and the elephant 
As public demands for his resignation mount, Edward Zammit
‘Groundbreaking confirmation of the role political propaganda played in her death’
An extensive, six-month investigation by The Shift into the
Chicken farm turns into yard for heavy construction vehicles, PA says it’s investigating
The Planning Authority has said it is investigating the
Tyrants and murderers always fall in the end
“When I despair, I remember that all through history
Building industry council CEO pockets tens of thousands of euros in extra cash via direct orders issued by new regulator
Former Labour minister Charles Buhagiar, appointed CEO of the
Ponte Ferries faces furious customers after last-minute axing of Sicily trips
Fledgling ferry service Ponte Ferries has incensed hundreds of
No justice without accountability
Robert Abela has no intention of taking serious action
Court’s ‘chief security officer’ harasses journalist, demands phone to delete photos
The Shift journalist Julian Delia was harassed outside the
The billboard wars
Yesterday evening social media sites lit up with excited
Social care regulator De Giovanni hires 74-year-old father as ‘junior lawyer’ in state agency
Labour candidate Katya De Giovanni, currently serving as chairperson
Labour’s Charlon Gouder lands ‘phantom’ €35,000-a-year job at Arts Council
Former One TV reporter-turned lawyer Charlon Gouder has been
Predictive failure
“Hospital numbers confirm that COVID is under control” Robert
New TVM programme host’s company made €136,000 in direct orders in two years
An analysis of the financial links between government and
Public inquiry recommendations ‘a milestone in the fight for truth, accountability and justice’
A coalition of 10 press freedom NGOs have welcomed
Malta’s ecological resource supply puts it among 20 worst countries in the world
Malta’s rate of consumption of natural resources has outpaced
Businessman Paul Hili forced to sell his Wardija home; valuation accepted by court raises questions
Paul Hili, former owner of the McDonald’s franchise in
Once, we had a country
Once, we had a country – until Joseph Muscat
The quack that ducked
If it quacks and walks like a duck, then
Cash-for-passports watchdog eight months late on annual report
The government-appointed cash-for-passports watchdog has missed the publication deadline
The rule of delinquents confirmed
As Robert Abela, prime minister and former adviser to
PM Robert Abela earned hundreds of thousands of euros from property development
Prime Minister Robert Abela and his wife Lydia banked
Caruana Galizia family: inquiry report shows Daphne was telling the truth
“We have it in back and white that Daphne
Government blocks democracy even as it commits to defending it
Insisting that “outsiders” did not have an automatic right
Government vague on timeline for public inquiry recommendations, denies impunity verdict
Prime minister Robert Abela, speaking at an extraordinary parliamentary
Steward freezes St Luke’s master plan as PM fails to deliver on pledge to amend tainted deal
Steward Healthcare, the American healthcare giant that took over
Enabling slavery
On 14 March 2015, Leilei Liao was found in
Controversy between teachers’ unions and education authorities escalates
The Union of Professional Educators (UPE) is voicing its
Heading straight for the brick wall
That famous ‘40,000’. According to The Times’ survey published
Public inquiry conclusions ‘could prevent murder of other journalists’ – Reporters Without Borders
The international campaign director for Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
‘Public Service Week’ media hype cost taxpayers €300,000
A week-long media campaign organised in June by public
Bleak house
In April 2020 I had penned a “letter to
Pegasus surveillance software: what is it and how does it affect you?
The Pegasus Project, an international effort coordinated by Forbidden
Robert Abela’s plan of attack
In Friday’s speech to Labour’s general party conference, Robert
National Heritage Minister’s business partner manages ‘illegal’ Valletta restaurant ‘marring the city’s iconic vista’
National Heritage Minister Jose Herrera’s choice of business partners
UK-sanctioned Colombian drug trafficker operates Maltese company under fake name
Updated to include Right of Reply. A Colombian national
The dishonesty of double standards
Equality Minister Owen Bonnici, who has been condemned by
UK redlisting: ‘dangerous’ for the economy, ‘weak’ PM must take action
Malta has been slammed with the UK’s red-listing and
Justice through the looking glass
If you want to understand the government’s intent, you
We’re biased, and we’re cool with it
Much has been said about The Shift, ever since
Delusional vows won’t get us off grey list any faster
PN leader Bernard Grech pledged yesterday he would get
Gozo Ministry’s direct orders soar to €7.5 million in just six months
Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri has spent more than €7.5
‘High risk’ threats to media pluralism in Malta highlighted in report
The Shift’s efforts to ensure financial transparency by disclosing
Gafa’s gaffes
Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa finally called a press conference.
Repubblika protest in front of police headquarters profiles ‘criminals in command’
Carrying pictures of former police commissioners, ministers and government
The stories they were killed for: 4 investigative journalists in Europe targeted by organised crime
The assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on
Delay, disrupt, distract: the oil scandal case stumbles on PL’s favourite tactics
Chief Justice Mark Chetcuti last week issued a blistering
Expanded list of Maltese PEPs extends scrutiny to much larger pool of connections
The conduct of the personal financial affairs of many
Moviment Graffitti slams Infrastructure Malta for using misleading expropriation tactics
Moviment Graffitti has today called for an investigation of
Peregin’s PN pitch: lesser evil revisited
The Nationalist Party’s latest election strategist has begun to
Spinning the inquiry
Some communication experts are specialists in what is called
10 protests stymied during pandemic on fear of reprisals following police objections
The police have objected to ten protest applications citing
Beware long covid, the epidemic’s sting in the tail
One in every 20 people infected with covid-19 will
‘What do these people know for them to be protected in a way that suggests everyone is afraid of them?’
During an online vigil in remembrance of Daphne Caruana
Local councils in the dark over designation of camping sites in Armier and Bahar ic-Caghaq
Two local councillors from Mellieħa and Naxxar confirmed that
Minister’s aide helped businessman slash his tax bill, but ‘no evidence of corruption’ found
An investigation by the Commission against Corruption into former
The murder of Dutch crime journalist is ‘latest episode’ in deadly European series
Following the news that Dutch crime reporter Peter R.
Scores of jobless scheme workers assigned to Gozo local councils, parliament told
The government’s jobless scheme has sent scores of workers
Does Malta’s new legal notice on vaccine certificates breach freedom of movement rights?
Confusion reigned among legal experts over the past week
UK government to investigate over 6,000 ‘golden visas’ over threats to national security
The British government has announced the review of more
Malta-Sicily fast ferry rivals still waiting for Italian port permits despite ticket sales
The much-anticipated start of Virtu Ferries’ and Ponte Ferries’
Reputation laundering
Which company did Aleksander Lukashenko, Europe’s last dictator of
Conclusions of public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death expected this week
The public inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne
Calcio Catania sponsorship: Famalco boss says ‘what I do with my company’s money is my business’
One of Italy’s largest shipping companies, Grimaldi Group, has
Fearne’s pig’s ear, running on repeat
There is a level of incompetence that verges on
‘They asked us if we’d be carrying placards’: Are COVID rules being used to stifle protest?
An NGO dedicated to the promotion and safeguarding of
Valley roads
“They had come to the desolation that lay before
Bluster out of weakness 
Every time Robert Abela states that he has shown
Rosianne Cutajar to get minimum €30,000 golden handshake, despite having been sacked
Disgraced former parliamentary secretary Rosianne Cutajar – forced to
Standing up for human rights, only when it suits us
China’s brutal dictatorship is without doubt one of the
Suspected Indian fraudsters on the run used Henley and Partners to seek foreign passports
Two Indian fugitives suspected of involvement in a €640
Revenue from gambling industry drops by 41% in pandemic year
Figures published in the annual report of the Malta
Transport operator challenges ‘illegal’ secret ferry concession to Zammit Tabona – Bianchi Group
Updated to include ‘Right of Reply’ received from Marsamxetto
NGO coalition appeals for review of Rosianne Cutajar’s ‘ill-informed’ move to legalise sex-buying
Following the removal of Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar from
Prison shouldn’t be a death sentence
A young woman died on 4 July. A 29-year
Jose’ Herrera turned property developer while environment minister
National Heritage Minister Jose’ Herrera was busy ripping up
The ruin of dishonesty
“We didn’t deserve it”. “Only three countries wanted us
Gaffarenas continue to operate illegal petrol station four years after unique temporary permit expires
The Planning Authority (PA) and the government have still
No fiscal receipts from infrastructure minister’s family restaurant
Receipts obtained by The Shift confirmed that Barbajean, the
How positivity ebbs
The ever positive former prime minister Joseph Muscat is
UK case shows need for investigation into ‘Azerbaijani Laundromat’ payments to 17 Black
New information suggests that payments transferred to 17 Black’s
The Malta horror show, starring Nuxellina and friends
Standards Commissioner George Hyzler’s shocking report into MP Rosianne
Ian Castaldi Paris says he was ‘threatened twice’ by unspecified parties in Cutajar investigation
Labour MP and notary Ian Castaldi Paris claimed in
Cutajar couldn’t refund property commission because she’d ‘already spent her share’
Damning testimony from Rosianne Cutajar’s associate, the ‘sensar’ Charles
Labour weakened our clout
Have you heard of the man who looked forward
Moves by unnamed Maltese investors to acquire ownership of Sicilian football club
A group of anonymous Maltese investors, who last week
€100 million awarded in ‘emergency’ tenders in three years; Gozo Ministry leads list of issuers
Over the past three years, the government has awarded
Justice is not revenge
The horror of Miriam Pace’s killing at the hands
Malta Enterprise gives permanent job to former PL spokesman, and then sends him off on leave
Former Labour Party spokesman Nigel Vella has been given
MFSA annual report suggests panic ahead of impending Moneyval audit
The MFSA underwent a frantic year in 2020 attempting
The art of laundering… art
The 13 paintings by Old Masters of the Italian
Disinformation Watch: Fretting about the FATF
That the government was about to embark on a
Central link project costs mushroom as new underpass is added as an afterthought
The controversial €55 million Central Link project, already underway
Member of Azerbaijani ruling family linked to billion-euro money laundering scheme
Two members of Azerbaijan’s ruling Aliyev family have been
 The pontificating poser
“This poser was behind the greatest lie of the
Active ageing minister doubled amount of money deposited in accounts in one year
In asset declarations filed earlier this year, Senior Citizens
UN: pushbacks violate human rights, are incompatible with state obligations
Migrant pushbacks result in human rights violations and are
As the penny drops
Those of us watching in disbelief as Labour supporters
iGaming industry’s future hinges on government ensuring greylisting ‘doesn’t drag on for years’
The iGaming European Network, a group of iGaming companies
Repubblika calls for interim government to see through FATF changes until next election
Civil society NGO Repubblika called for an interim government
Cassandra’s Curse
Project Cassandra is a project by a small group
The watchdogs that didn’t bark
If the FATF had any doubts about the need
Chloe Portelli hit by fresh raft of Planning Authority enforcement orders
The Planning Authority (PA) has issued a raft of
FIAU tells financial services industry not to impose stringent grey list measures on locals
The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) says financial services
Opening of Malta’s most prestigious museum postponed to 2023
The opening of the St John’s Co-Cathedral Museum extension
Yet another perambulating farce
Assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s description of Manuel Mallia
Lack of transparency on company ownership, tax crimes led to Malta’s greylisting
FATF president Marcus Pleyer said today that lack of
Horror on a loop
As the islands face yet another monumental crisis, Maltese
SLAPPs are misuse of justice systems aimed at intimidation of journalists, EP report says
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation constitute a misuse of
Malta chose this path in 2017
We knew the writing was on the wall when
Cabinet members declare €4.5million in savings
Cabinet members have declared over  €4.5 million in financial
Real action needed, not ‘vain attempts to downplay the severity of greylisting’
Despite the prime minister’s insistence that the decision by
The worst has happened
Eight years of government-sanctioned and protected rampant corruption, criminality,
Mistra Bay gets breathing room as several caravans vacate the area
Mistra Bay may finally be able to breathe a
Repubblika’s president slams Rosianne Cutajar after speech in parliament targeting activists
Repubblika president Robert Aquilina has called out Labour MP
Abusing the bereaved
Glenn Bedingfield, in his latest parliamentary streak of callousness,
Chair of construction industry regulator defends Joseph Portelli’s illegal batching plant for tender
The government-appointed Chair of the Building and Construction Agency
Agriculture Minister Refalo gives plum government job to his private practice manager
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Anton Refalo has given a
Malta’s foreign capital inflow could drop by €250m if greylisted – IMF report
A report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) analysing
Malta’s bid to draw ‘digital nomads’ shaken after it plummets in expat survey ratings
Malta announced earlier this year it would seek to
50 shades of greylisting
As the FATF D-Day approaches, the political exchanges on
Glenn Bedingfield eyes the truth
On 16 June, Glenn Bedingfield gave a speech in
PM keeps tight lid on secretly-boosted golden handshakes to his cabinet
Prime Minister Robert Abela has refused to give taxpayers
Bitter medicine
Clyde Caruana, Malta’s finance minister, has scuttled off to
Keeping things in check #3
Prime Minister Robert Abela and his “best in the
There’s no handshake like a golden handshake
Disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat is the gift
Culture Ministry splashes out €3.2 million in direct orders while events were banned
In the midst of a ban on events and
Abela hands administration of passports cash fund to known PL cronies
The government agency tasked with managing more than half
From humble garages to lawless fiefdoms: Ghaxaq’s concrete belt exposed
Updated to include answers from the Planning Authority. An
More promises at international level that government will protect journalists, end impunity
The government has adopted multiple Council of Europe (CoE)
Tribunal turns down Marsascala pool appeal, in line with secret deal reached in Castille 
The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal today rejected a
The caravans saga continues: police officers increase regular patrols at Mistra Bay
Authorities have stepped up enforcement efforts in Mistra Bay
Robert Abela’s fantasies
With a straight face Robert Abela announced Malta will
65 % in Malta think corruption in government is a big problem – survey
Two-thirds of Maltese people think that government corruption is
PA decides on Tuesday on Marsascala pool project planned in secret negotiations
The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal will decide on
Police tell restaurant owner ‘no space’ for abandoned vehicles despite new law
The owner of a restaurant situated in Mistra Bay
Zammit Tabonas nab Mtarfa hospital after tender goes to daughter of former Fortina chief
The former military hospital at Mtarfa, leased out by
The Greatest of All Time
It is silly season in the football world so
Muscat changed terminal benefits systems twice while PM, resulting in higher payments for himself
Former prime minister Joseph Muscat changed the policy of
The secrecy and the formula
Call it extra-sensory empathy or (if you really must)
EXCLUSIVE: Muscat paid €120,000 in secret golden handshake
Maltese taxpayers have been billed a hefty €120,000 to
Manifesto magic
Every time Minister Carmelo Abela needs people to focus
FIAU spends €63,000 (so far) on paid media content to promote positive image  
During the highly-anticipated assessment by Moneyval, the anti-money laundering
Tarnished gold
Finally, after far too many long years, the European
Minister Aaron Farrugia’s transparency register still not created, 18 months after pledge
Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia’s pledge to establish and regularly
Government still mute on selection process for quarantine hotels
While the Maltese government continues to ignore requests for
PwC drops ethical concerns as prospect of Pilatus Bank funds looms
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the major ‘big four’ audit
Disgraced PM’s former aide Kurt Farrugia replaces Keith Schembri on Smart City board
Kurt Farrugia – a former top aide of disgraced
Gozo Minister refuses to confirm details of secret Dar San Guzepp deal
The government has spent as much as €510,000 on
Critical thinking for critical times
Eighty-seven per cent of voters said they have always
A paradoxical state of the nation
There is a paradox about the conclusion of Friday’s
Gozo under siege: more than 6,000 development permits issued since 2013
Development applications approved by the Planning Authority in Gozo
U ejja, come on! We’re no longer hamalli
Central Bank Governor and former Finance Minister Edward “U
With a straight face, Malta signs 87-point UN pledge to end impunity, protect journalists and prosecute corrupt politicians
The Maltese government has signed a United Nations declaration
Lombard Bank fires legal challenge at ‘unconstitutional’ FIAU fine
Lombard Bank has filed a case protesting the “unconstitutional”
Keeping things in check #1
Nuggets of disinformation by politicians and public figures are
AG silent on possible conflict of interest with administrator for Progress Press
Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg is refusing to explain how
Herd immunity in Malta: fact or fiction?
Following the announcement from Health Minister Chris Fearne that
‘I am feeling intimidated by all this’ – Paul Apap Bologna
An attempt to grill Paul Apap Bologna on the
Gozo lawyers protest against dire working conditions at Rabat court
Gozitan lawyers frustrated by a deteriorating work environment and
Abducted Belarusian journalist’s plight tops list of most urgent cases of injustice against journalists
The kidnap and detention of Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich
If you can, you must
Doctors are trained to heal.  They have the capability
Minister’s aide employed by James Caterers during negotiations on St Vincent de Paul €274m deal
Anthony Ellul, a close aide of Minister for Senior
Hope that treasured Knights’ era battery may be returned to the public
After almost 20 years of indecision by the government
The stench of rotten apples
Updated following clarifications received from Michael and Edward Zammit
Sacked planning commission chair challenges minister over removal
Architect Simon Saliba, chairman of the Planning Authority board
Anti-corruption measures still lacking – GRECO
The new draft code of ethics for Malta’s members
Gozo Grab #10: Parliamentary committee to discuss law aimed at foundation’s Gozo land grab
A medieval foundation’s attempts to take ownership of large
Situations vacant
A headline in a Luxembourg newspaper this week announced
Gozo Grab #9: Construction magnate’s family corrections on Nadur land grab rejected
A plan by a medieval foundation to extract money
Our planners’ outdated idea of modernity
Martin Saliba, the Planning Authority’s executive chairman, has attracted
Gozo Grab #8: Foundation registers Knights’ fort on hotly contested Qala coast
A large slice of land on which a 290-year-old
Allied Newspapers’ former managing director Adrian Hillman in court to face money laundering charges
Update: Adrian Hillman was granted bail secured by a
Kasco administrators quit as Keith Schembri said to continue business as usual
Two court-appointed auditors from Deloitte, tasked with administering disgraced
It’s time to interrogate Paul Apap Bologna
Paul Apap Bologna has a secret offshore company called
Wall of silence from police, Minister Ian Borg over whether his advisor was caught trapping illegally
Transport Minister Ian Borg has refused to comment on
Misfortunes of virtue
The Marquis de Sade’s Justine, a virtuous maiden forced
PA’s Attard quarry extension permit to erase decades of illegalities
Update: The permit has been approved. The Planning Authority
Parallel scandals
The former prime minister was sentenced to 12 years
Architects of chaos: A Greek tragedy for Malta
Behind every play, there’s a cast of actors, producers
Millions of taxpayer euros squandered on stalled Gozo elderly home project
The government has spent tens of thousands of taxpayer
Planning Authority ignores Ombudsman’s Comino works recommendations
The Ombudsman and his Commissioner for Environment and Planning
In thrall to Destiny
The Ancient Greeks had an interesting relationship with fate
A squared circle of criminals
How do you break a circle of criminality, especially
Curiouser and curiouser
After eating magic cake, Alice’s neck shot up like
A very Maltese scandal
Anyone following the stench of Malta’s overflowing sewer of
Gozo Minister’s direct order costs taxpayers €90,000 for 3-year convent lease
Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri has committed to pay €90,000
Malta meets some of Council of Europe Commission’s recommendations… on paper
The Council of Europe’s Commission Against Racism and Intolerance
Right of Reply: Allied Newspapers ‘defends its reputation’
Allied Newspapers has sent us the following Right of
Does Neville Gafa live in the Libyan embassy?
Neville Gafa was “operating under Libyan jurisdiction” when he
Court’s copy and paste raises questions about accused’s conviction
An analysis of a judgment delivered by Magistrate Joseph
For the people or against?
“One is either for the people or against” Joseph
New €113 million tender for jobless scheme seems ‘set for GWU’
A new tender issued by the government’s employment agency
SVDP scandal: Top civil servants shun responsibility as PL, PN take no action
Top civil servants who pushed through the illegal 2017
‘Worrying degree of democratic backsliding’ – Council of Europe report
The latest annual report on the state of democracy,
Red herrings and smokescreens
A couple of days ago, after the news broke
Working the institutions
On Sunday we woke to the news that Minister
Security and garden dwarfs
As the economy re-opens, and a general election looms
Chloe ‘the farmer’ anticipates snow on her land
Surprising developments continue to mushroom on the 18 tumoli
Unorganized lightning
Amid the myriad shock revelations of a government mired
Audit firms rubbish Brian Tonna’s claim they shared Castille offices
Malta’s largest audit firms rubbished claims made by Nexia
Glenn Bedingfield swallowed his shoe
Poor Glenn Bedingfield got slapped down. Even Anglu Farrugia
Disinformation Watch: amplifying the absurd
It has been all of two weeks since the
The tyranny of hypocrisy 
What a nest of venomous vipers Malta is. So
Pilatus Bank owner loses bid to force MFSA-appointed competent person to hand over information
The owner of the now defunct Pilatus Bank, Ali
Cost of Gozo Sports Complex almost doubles after tender is awarded
The costs for the building of a new public
Unfit for office
Minister Carmelo Abela is so dishonourable that he disgraces
Speaker shoots down Bedingfield’s ‘breach of privilege’ against The Shift
Glenn Bedingfield, doing the cute pooch to His Master’s
FOI request reveals Adreana Zammit’s pay almost tripled in only 8 months
A second contract signed between Transport Malta and Adreana
Prime Minister Robert Abela misled parliament on expenditure on public relations firms
Contrary to what Prime Minister Robert Abela told parliament,
That sense of resignation
The temperature climbed to 27 degrees this Sunday in
The Costanza defence
Anglu Farrugia: serial verbicidal maniac or humanity’s last hope
Internal probe never investigated the millions involved in property deals negotiated by Hillman
The internal probe by Allied Newspapers into money laundering
Keep your enemies close
With a government in office threatening to outdo the
Disinformation Watch: power loves a bad idea
In their 2021 ‘Nations in Transit’ report, Freedom House
St Vincent de Paul scandal: New deal increased cost to €327 million
The €274 million deal the government struck with DB
Architect responsible for illegal Comino works is a Labour Party official
The architect responsible for illegal works carried out by
Here we go again
The time for platitudes is over. As yet another
Maltese company involved in €600m mafia tax evasion scam
A Maltese company was identified as being involved in
Truth is the enemy
“The PN turned the European Parliament against Malta with
Dingli Cliffs development application for former explosives factory suspended
The Planning Directorate has put on hold its assessment
Passport perfidy
“We have to agree that the passport programme is
World Press Freedom Day: Council of Europe platform highlights threats to media in Malta
Malta has a total of nine alerts on the
Redemption
It was 635 for, 46 against and 12 abstentions.
EXCLUSIVE: Developer questioned over links to ex-police superintendent Raymond Aquilina
Gozitan construction magnate Joseph Portelli was held for questioning
The workers’ heckler
Watching Robert Abela give his May Day address yesterday
PM’s office ‘cannot find’ document appointing Hillman as AUM government representative
The Office of the Prime Minister said it cannot
Hijacked nation
The European Parliament’s resolution condemning the Malta Labour Party’s
No end in sight for €10m museum extension at St John’s Co-Cathedral
A massive project to extend the museum of St
The destruction of Gozo
The stakes are being driven for the wholesale pillaging
Planning Authority ignores objections and approves Saqqajja Hill hotel
As predicted, the Planning Authority gave the green light
European Parliament sends strong message to Maltese government: ‘End political protection and patronage of murderers’
Members of the European Parliament, including socialists, have adopted
Impunity, judicial harassment and State-led capture, key concerns in Council of Europe report
The Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection
Waiting for Godot
Two tramps, Estragon and Vladimir, stand idly by a
Planning Authority set to approve controversial application for Saqqajja Hill hotel
All is set for the Planning Authority to approve
PN agrees with passport scheme, subject to an ‘open and transparent’ process
The findings that emerged from a joint media investigation
Planning Authority flooded with objections over Dingli Cliffs development
The Planning Authority will have a difficult task recommending
New companies making a killing from Transport Malta direct orders
Companies recently set up are making a killing out
Pulcinella’s secret
Some junior minister whose name is not worth remembering
An economy of authentic fakes
It’s easy to think that the Passport Papers are
Passport Papers: A fugitive’s quest for a European passport
In November 2019, a copy of an invoice was
Passport Papers: oligarchs, royalty and fugitives
The Passport Papers shed light on the applicants for
An unsavoury business
Selling citizenship was always an unsavoury business, but surely
Passport Papers: Henley and Partners’ leaked documents show most applicants are from countries where dual citizenship is not permitted
Most applicants for Malta’s cash-for-passports programme who applied for
Abela Advocates lawyer becomes Gaming Authority chairman
Ryan Pace, a young lawyer who works with the
Of core principles and values
Ramona Attard, Labour Party president, regaled us with more
No improvement for Malta in 2021 RSF world press freedom index
Malta has retained its lowest recorded position in the
Allied Newspapers appointed its own auditors to internal graft inquiry
When Allied Newspapers launched an internal inquiry following allegations
Inscribed in stone
There was obviously a commemorative plaque that needed unveiling
Founding fathers and anxious midwives
Some national Constitutions have confident Founding Fathers, who produce
Abuse of ID system: 11 Italians registered as ‘living’ with Darren Debono
Darren Debono, the former international footballer, currently facing money
Muscat’s stooge
Where is disgraced former police chief Lawrence Cutajar? This
RSF praises ‘tremendous progress’ achieved by activists seeking justice for Daphne
Activists seeking justice for assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
Egrant was a house of mirrors
The Shift’s recent investigation into Egrant revealed how the
James Piscopo becomes Zammit Tabona’s advisor
James Piscopo, the former CEO of the Labour Party,
Malta involved in Italian fuel tax fraud investigation worth €1 billion
Dozens of people have been arrested and almost €600
Finding Egrant: What we know now
Egrant almost ended up owned by a Brazilian, which
Minister places convicted fraudster in charge of elderly services
The Minister for the Elderly, Micheal Farrugia, has recruited
Minister’s wife continues her private practice while appointed manager at Transport Malta
Transport Malta has set special working conditions for Deborah
We are not OK
It is enough to drive you insane. That feeling
Marigold Foundation given over €500,000 in taxpayer funds while Joseph Muscat was PM
As NGOs currently navigate increasing red tape to raise
Birds in the hand…
Should suspected criminals, arrested and charged in court, be
John Dalli appears on Indian tycoon’s application for Dwejra development, despite denials
The personal email address of disgraced former European Commissioner
Sorry, not sorry: The political pseudo apology
On 5 April, Labour’s deputy leader, Daniel Micallef, said
SOCAR’s got a lot to hide
Azerbaijan’s State oil company didn’t want to share banking
SOCAR fails in legal bid to block Latvian investigation into secret Malta LNG agreement
A Federal Court in Switzerland has thrown out Azerbaijan’s
Government-Corinthia negotiations on Hal Ferh site kept under wraps
The government and the Corinthia Group are currently conducting
Development proposed by Gozo Minister consultant expands into ODZ
Gozitan lawyer Damian Bigeni, a consultant to the Gozo
How Labour protects and promotes criminals
“The Labour Party does not protect criminals,” Labour President
Vince Buhagiar retained his position while Allied Group internal probe was ongoing
Vince Buhagiar, who is facing a list of charges
UPDATED: Hundreds of thousands transferred but no invoices: ‘It was an open agreement’
Keith Schembri has been granted bail against a deposit
Ferry service operator benefits from further concessions granted in contested extension
A highly contested three-year extension of a public concession
REVEALED: Joseph Portelli’s project for 125 flats near international Important Bird Area in Gozo
The granting of a permit to Joseph Portelli’s partner
Schembri’s deliberately tangled mess
The compilation of evidence in the case of Keith
Latest court decree on Yorgen Fenech articles another blow to journalism
Journalists of The Times of Malta are set to
‘Los Chamos’, Malta, a Swiss banker and Venezuelan corruption
Matthias Krull a former Swiss banker who worked for
The duty of candour
On 24 March 2005, Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed a
Transport Ministry spends €60 million on direct orders in 3 years
The Transport Ministry has dished out almost €60 million
A maze of suspicious transactions: Compilation of evidence against Keith Schembri continues
The hearing in the compilation of evidence against 11
Mabel Strickland’s heir says Allied Group must recover millions lost to graft
The ‘sole heir’ of Mabel Strickland, her nephew Robert
Axis vs Allied: The truth wars
A banner goes up outside the offices of The
Silence of the clams
The courtroom dramas of this past week have torn
Second request for investigation to Standards Commissioner on Justyne Caruana
A second call for a probe into the conduct
Innocents don’t keep secrets
“There is not a crime, there is not a
Keith Schembri’s day of reckoning
The hearing in the compilation of evidence against 11
Justice isn’t a game show
Is there anyone in Malta who isn’t desperate to
Representatives of financial services firm Zenith (formerly MFSP) face money laundering charges
Lorraine Falzon and Matthew Pace from Zenith (formerly MFSP),
Nexia BT in the dock
The first hearing in a compilation of evidence against
In depth: Whistleblower in Giovanna Debono case pocketed over €1m
Until 2013, former Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono was considered
What chance that Keith Schembri will be home this weekend?
After being remanded in custody upon arraignment last Saturday,
Using Malta as a showcase, Socar Trading is pitching LNG projects in other countries
Being part of one of Malta’s highly controversial energy
Different puppet, same moves
A minister in Robert Abela’s government was involved in
‘Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killers should not be pardoned’ – family
Reacting to the request for a presidential pardon by
New Lands Authority Chair to face parliament after ministerial blunder
Veteran lawyer John Vassallo who was appointed Chair of
EXCLUSIVE: Keith Schembri to remain in prison until Thursday, at least
Keith Schembri, the former chief of staff at the
Anton Refalo dishes out €3.6 million in direct orders in first year in office
Veteran Labour Minister Anton Refalo has gone into overdrive
New Zealand lamb
I found the timing of Keith Schembri’s arraignment and
The broken spell 
Yesterday’s arraignments were not a day of triumph for
UPDATED: Keith Schembri charged, magistrate denies bail request
Magistrate Charmaine Galea has denied bail requests from disgraced
Common criminals
Keith Schembri, who not so long ago brushed aside
On day Daphne reported kickbacks, Hillman walked away from Allied Newspapers with hard disk
On 11 March 2016, the day that slain journalist
It’s no longer possible to separate the criminals from the politicians
Robert Abela won’t take action unless the hitman the
Keith Schembri confirms that he is to be charged
In a lengthy post on social media, former OPM
Defending our rights
Would anyone be comfortable with a government-appointed public authority
Amid controversy, €3.4 million tender to Bonnici Brothers gets published
Civil engineering and road-building company, Bonnici Brothers was awarded
Our rights are at stake
The main difficulty with Bill 198 of 2021, a
Private opulence amid public squalor
Publice egestas, privatim opulentia – public squalor, private opulence
Doctors reveal ‘dire’ situation at Mater Dei
Doctors at Mater Dei have been warned of a
Silvio Schembri in breach of law with Lands Authority appointment
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri appointed former Labour Party candidate
Getting away with murder?
The testimony last week of a convicted hitman involved
The damn nation
The latest cartoon from the Charlie Hebdo stables to
It’s not enough to ridicule absurdities
Some things are so absurd that they manage to
Sadeen considered taking over Labour Party’s Rialto cinema in Cospicua
Sadeen Group, owned by Jordanian entrepreneur Hani Salah who
Where is the anger?
“The man who is angry at the right things
Autocratic and abusive
The government is targeting its critics again. This time
Denting the supremacy of the Constitution: Chamber of Advocates says new Bill ‘unacceptable’
The Chamber of Advocates has expressed “serious reservations” about
‘Traffic is a perception’ official becomes Labour Party candidate
Audrey Testaferrata de Noto, a senior Infrastructure Malta official
As mayor plans for Senglea to be official cruise port of call, activists raise concerns
Activists and residents are concerned about the Senglea mayor’s
A systemic failure
As Covid cases continue to rise, we are in
Agius, Vella supplied bomb that killed journalist and trained hitmen on how to use it, court hears
Supplying a bomb the size of two cigarette packets,
Data Protection Commissioner denies advising Speaker to redact names of government officials
The decision by Speaker of the House Anglu Farrugia
Government makes u-turn on Gozo fast ferry service after eight years of stalling
A full eight years following the governing Labour Party’s
Hot under the collar
That press conference. People were still talking about it
Attorney General turns down Simon Busuttil’s request for copy of Schembri-Hillman inquiry
Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg has turned down an official
Dodger’s gone, Dodge City remains
Babylon had Hammurabi. Judaism had Moses. Classical Athens had
Under pressure
Watching Robert Abela’s extraordinary response to legitimate questions from
Hillman’s wife made director of AUM institute
Velislava Hillman, the wife of former Allied Newspapers Managing
Disinformation Watch: A man of many opinions
As soon as he was appointed Minister for Justice,
It’s time to start holding Joseph Muscat accountable
Oops, he did it again. Joseph Muscat’s been found
PA says ‘no action necessary’ after development notice of flats near Ggantija temples disappears
The notice of a development application for a block
Government extends Grand Harbour concession without tender
The government has decided to drop the need for
New familiar patterns
The timing of the Conference for National Unity, held
‘A simple double click’: Middleman’s recordings and the lag in court procedures
Arguments with regards to the accessibility of files by
Oceania 1984, Malta 2021
The flashes began with the news that Assistant Commissioner
For a future that guarantees the past
The President’s conference on national unity yesterday was held
Dwejra development project: Indian tycoon’s family buys Maltese citizenship
Various family members of the Indian tycoon who bought
Don’t give me away
Don’t give me away, someone once said to his
It doesn’t end here
Robert Abela wants you to believe that the confession
New judicial appointments: ban on past political affiliation stirs hornet’s nest
Updated to include a statement by the Chamber of
Four men charged
Four men were arraigned on Wednesday night in connection
Nascent steps towards justice ‘long overdue’ – Reporters Without Borders
Nascent steps towards justice are long overdue and underscore
International press freedom organisations criticise Speaker for denying access to tax declarations
International press freedom organisations have called on Speaker Anglu
UPDATED: Watershed moment as hitman pleads guilty in Daphne Caruana Galizia case
Updated to include the reaction of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s
OPM official resigns after The Shift’s revelations
Nigel Vella, a former Labour spokesman who until last
The Shift objects to denial of access to MPs’ tax declarations
Updated to include the reaction of the European Federation
John Dalli says ‘no deal’ with Indian tycoon seeking development on Dwejra coast
Former European Commissioner John Dalli confirmed he is ‘a
Council of Europe says Malta fails basic human rights obligations for minorities
The Maltese government has failed to collect any data
Gozo Grab #7: Road builders get 71 flats in deals with medieval foundation
The application for 71 flats on fields on the
MGA good governance chief allowed side business
The man who is tasked with ensuring good governance
Frying pans and fire
What a disappointment Bernard Grech is turning out to
EXCLUSIVE: Indian tycoon buys massive quarry on Dwejra coast for redevelopment
An Indian millionaire based in Dubai has bought some
Standards are worthless without accountability
Regulations exist on paper, but laws are only as
Prime Minister silent on three jobs for ‘trusted’ officer totalling some €90,000 a year
Prime Minister Robert Abela and his chief spokesman Matthew
Vince Muscat withdraws appeal: A turning point in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case?
In an unexpected move on Wednesday, Vince Muscat, one
EY charges MFSA over €10 million for Satabank job
The local branch of international auditing firm Ernst &
What you know, not who you know: How Labour duped the nation
Your house is flooded. You contact water services and
€30 million for PBS to avoid bankruptcy
Taxpayers will shore up PBS, the public broadcaster, with
Gozo Grab #6: Medieval foundation’s first land acquisition to turn into 150 Qala flats
A permit for 63 flats in Qala is expected
The hitchhiker’s guide to conspiracy theories
Even a brief guide to conspiracy theories must acknowledge
The Montenegro deal’s fictitious numbers
A new letter seen by The Shift reveals exactly
Another AG lawyer jumps ship to help defence team in case filed by his former office
Updated to include comments from Matthew Xuereb. Matthew Xuereb,
Malta’s gullible rabble
“Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make
Gozo Grab #5: Nadur residents gear up for court battle against foundation
A dozen Nadur residents – including the Karkanja siblings
DB Group set to generate more profits with ‘downscaled’ ITS project
Plans submitted last December by DB Group show an
The Moody blues
Edward Zammit Lewis wants you to know everything’s orrajt
Yorgen Fenech’s offer to pay for own police surveillance if granted bail refused by court
Yorgen Fenech, the prime murder suspect in the assassination
TikTok reveals new Caqnu batching plants… but Planning Authority says no permit needed
Massive brand new concrete and tarmac batching plants have
Fomm ir-Rih: How Aaron Farrugia betrayed the nation
A man erected a gate on his land. And
Gozo Grab #4: Nadur siblings on opposite sides of the fence in controversial land deal as conflicts of interest raised
Notary Maria Vella Magro, who has been doing notarial
Number of direct orders surpass tenders at Infrastructure Malta
Infrastructure Malta has set another record as the government
Chloe Portelli to pay €1,200 fine for illegalities and unlock €200,000 in EU funds
Chloe Portelli – the daughter of construction magnate Joseph
Unity: the new opiate of the people
The news that President George Vella has announced a
Gozo Grab #2: Foundation demanding tens of thousands from Nadur residents repeatedly fails to prove claims in court
Nadur residents facing litigation threats if they do not
No seaplanes… but Transport Malta to construct €90,000 slipway
A public tender issued by Transport Malta calls for
How state broadcaster, party-owned media shape Malta’s COVID-19 narrative
Malta’s unique media landscape has equipped the government with
Another fall for Malta in The Economist’s 2020 Democracy Index
Malta has yet again plummeted to an all-time low
Cashing in with a little help from their friend
It pays to be friends with Konrad Mizzi. I
Smoke and mirrors: police arrests but no charges against government officials
The police and the Office of the Attorney General
A non-apology for a non-story
“While it is a fact that the current Leader
John Bundy blames Saviour Balzan for loss of job at PBS, awarded over €225,000 in damages
Former PBS chief John Bundy has won his industrial
Education Minister denies controversial footballer works in her secretariat despite official records
A controversial international football player who was fined in
Heaven is a place on earth
There is an old Maltese saying that goes, ‘Bil-flus
Robert Abela waves the rules
Robert Abela’s place in history was already secure. Here,
Prime Minister using ‘cost limits’ to deny information to parliament
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has deployed
Malta hit another all-time low
Malta plummeted to a “new all-time low” in this
900 pandemic tracers left in the lurch
The government has still not managed to assign duties
Malta hits new low in Corruption Perceptions Index
Malta has once again hit a new low in
Borg’s blasphemy
Minister Ian Borg blasphemed – in public, on live
Prime Minister wants Mamo to remain chairman despite MFSA scandals
Prime Minister Robert Abela has again nominated Prof John
Chloe ‘the farmer’ set to have her ‘agricultural store’ with unobstructed sea and country views
The Planning Authority has set the ball rolling for
The hill we climb
Young Amanda Gorman delivered a magnificent speech at President
Killed for chasing the truth
A social media effort is afoot, spontaneous or orchestrated,
The impact of a flawed system
Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, took
Leeching off the public purse
If there’s one thing your former finance minister likes
Scicluna increased Central Bank Governor’s remuneration before he took the position
Former Finance Minister Edward Scicluna gave an €11,000 annual
MFSA contradicts Joseph Cuschieri’s denials about payments due
The former MFSA CEO Joseph Cuschieri has denied that
Multi-million euro illegal gambling activity remains unchecked in Malta
An ongoing investigation by The Shift has uncovered a
Government needs to increase daily vaccines for best case scenario to be achieved – doctors
The government must increase the rate at which it
No time for a weak constitution
Parliament. They’re are at it again. The two Parties
The first sign of corruption
Georges Bernanos (1888-1948): ‘The first sign of corruption in
Vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia commemorates victims of pandemic
A vigil commemorating the life and work of assassinated
Air pollution monitoring near cruise ship dock problematic due to faults
Ever since their requested monitoring system was put in
Prime Minister’s ‘team member’ given €2 million in direct orders for road works
Matthew Bongailas, 32, from Fgura, who describes himself on
OPM agency forced to reverse decision after breaching rules
A government agency that falls directly under Principal Permanent
Inquiry into Melvin Theuma stabbing still ongoing six months later
The magisterial inquiry on the stabbing in July 2020
Donald, is that you?
Donald Trump blew a gasket. He unleashed his fury
AUM slashes fees as project faces complete failure
The much-lauded American University of Malta (AUM) project is
‘Government tactic is to punish and intimidate health care professionals’
The Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (MAPHM) has
Henley and Partners’ ‘intrinsic business’ questioned in light of recent passport rankings
On Saturday, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Alex Muscat was
Prime Minister Robert Abela’s COVID-19 predictions repeatedly fall flat
The predictions and bold statements made by Prime Minister
The democracy of knowledge
If you have never read Alexis de Tocqueville’s ‘Democracy
The politics of anger 
Maybe Aristotle was the first philosopher to say that,
The Shift barred from accessing MPs’ tax declarations
The Shift has been refused access to the tax
NGOs cheer ‘victory for nation’s skyline’ as Ombudsman acts to remove Palumbo oil rigs
The Three Cities skyline from Valletta may soon be
This is where the filter bubble leads
The American reality show descended into chaos this week
Edward Zammit Lewis using direct orders to lure Chris Cardona’s votes
Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis, who failed to get
Labour front-runner to replace Edward Scicluna is a PN life member
The governing Labour Party may lose another parliamentary seat
EXCLUSIVE: MFSA asks former CEO to refund over €23,000 in ‘extra pay’ received
The financial services regulator – MFSA – has asked
Greeks bearing gifts
In the epic poem ‘Aeneid’, the Roman poet Virgil
Doctors dispute government forecast for herd immunity from COVID vaccine
December was the darkest month when it comes to
Predicting economic recovery by May is ‘pure conjecture’ – economist
Forecasting economic recovery by May in the current pandemic
Twenty Twenty-One
Never was a year the subject of so much
Politics when facts don’t matter 
Voters don’t use identical benchmarks when judging prime ministers
Electrogas director linked to Canadian company receiving first cannabis licence
The first licence issued by the government for the
Out with the old and in with… the same?
Good riddance to 2020. I’m sure no one’s sorry
Decree in Yorgen Fenech case has chilling effect on freedom of expression
Last Monday’s decree handed down by magistrate Rachel Montebello
Another bad year for journalists around the world
In 2020, at least 50 journalists and media workers
Disinformation hit list 2020
The disinformation that accompanied the pandemic was used in
End of year, end of shame
Jonathan Swift observed: “I never wonder to see men
2020: A year of investigations despite a pandemic
Despite the circumstances brought about by the pandemic, The
Court decisions against FIAU to remain ‘secret’
Court challenges to hefty administrative fines being dished out
The Yuletide charm offensive
PR (Propaganda Report) number 202679 issued by the Department
Keith Schembri’s phone: a hypothesis
It’s the season to be jolly and put cynicism
A Christmas playlist for the entire family
It’s been a tough year for everyone between the
Residents voice health concerns as questions surround impact of cruise ship in Cospicua
Since October, some of Cospicua and Senglea’s quaint, narrow,
Ponte Ferries rules out catamaran for Gozo fast ferry service
Ponte Ferries, the company to start offering a new
The wrong of rudeness: Mercieca’s meanness
Simon Mercieca, University history lecturer, publicly accused Matthew Caruana
Dozens of journalists hacked by spyware company owned by Maltese citizen
Dozens of journalists were allegedly hacked with the help
Zammit Lewis continues to evade clarity on tax declaration
Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis is still unable to
Too quick to judge
The Opinion of an Advocate General of the European
Keeping up appearances: The season finale
In his deposition before the Daphne Inquiry, former Economy
Judges in the dock 
It was the Roman satirist Juvenal who asked, Who
Justice Minister cannot explain his own tax return
Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis cannot explain how he
Auditor General finds MFSA in breach of good governance rules
Malta’s financial services watchdog, the MFSA, has been found
What’s next? Cement shoes?
These guys don’t learn anything, do they? It’s not
An attack on the independence of the judiciary
A statement by the government on Tuesday attacked the
EXCLUSIVE: Fast ferry ‘war’ to move from Gozo to Sicily route
The Shift can exclusively reveal a looming commercial war
Of education and demagoguery
“Democracy implies election of the corrupt few by the
NAO confirms gross irregularities in shooting range project
An NAO audit on the controversial government shooting range
Gozo pool development leads to dismantling of recently renovated sports complex
A government project for an Olympic-size pool on a
‘You are not credible, I am sorry’ – former Chief Justice tells Keith Schembri
The public inquiry hearing on Monday touched upon a
In denial
Brexit negotiations that were meant to end Sunday have
The cabal matters, not the ‘Kitchen Cabinet’
Ten years ago, our public discourse was exercised by
The secret OPM advisor on the ITS deal with Silvio Debono was Alex Sciberras
The Shift can exclusively reveal that it was lawyer
On human rights day, ‘band club protection’ law held to be in breach of human rights
In a judgement handed down by the Civil Court
Fenech and the Bangladeshi Schembri
Some countries specialise in technology, others specialise in services.
Council of Europe warns Maltese government to stop delaying reforms for justice and rule of law
The government does not intend to address loopholes that
Executing the diabolical
Minister Ian Borg lied in Court. Magistrate Axiak declared
Beyond the posturing
The Council of Europe has called on the Maltese
Government allocates €200,000 in EU funds to Portelli’s illegal project
A stretch of rubble walls, built illegally on idyllic
Joseph and the Character Assassination Propaganda Machine
A disgraced former Prime Minister walks into an inquiry
The 17 Black trail to Bangladesh
Updated with Right of Reply sent by Salman Rahman
Court judgment sends wrong message to society
Upon delivery of a court judgment on Thursday that
Judges grill a defiant Joseph Muscat about ‘environment of impunity’
The inquiry board looking into the assassination of journalist
Former MFSA boss signed-off on €12m direct orders in 2 years
Joseph Cuschieri, the former chief executive of the Malta
Auditor General points to breach of procurement regulations by local councils
Throughout 2019, local councils did not always acquire goods
Gratuitous cruelty
Do not participate in the distribution of meals to
When they get it wrong
The coordinated attack on The Shift by the three
Si yo fuera Maradona (If I were Maradona)
I learnt this week of an interview given by
Gozo Minister appoints his brother-in-law on government board
The appointment by Minister Clint Camilleri of his own
A parliament of parasites
Robert Abela gave birth to another record-setting Cabinet. No,
Police take action on Gordon and Yvette Debono one year after the horse bolted
Gordon and Yvette Debono, the couple whose names have
Jimmy Magro to face corruption charges in court after three years
Next month the Court will be hearing a case
Wilful ineptitude
“The court would like to make it absolutely clear
MFSA blocks information on Cuschieri’s double income
Malta’s financial regulator, the MFSA, has put up a
‘Je suis Charlie’ my foot
It is with great dismay that The Shift team
Three years on, The Shift’s role is more urgent than ever
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination just over three years ago
Edward Scicluna loses power but gets his €100,000 a year financial package back
Robert Abela had to bow to intense pressure from
The Book of Judges by the book
“F’din l-art li ma tafnix, f’dis-siegħa sewda Inħobb u
An astute reshuffle
Robert Abela’s Cabinet reshuffle last night affected no fewer
Malta’s top artists unite behind The Shift, art exhibition launched
Occasionally, a passing comment unexpectedly grows and develops into
Taxpayers set to foot the bill for more debt left behind by Streamcast
The Court has ordered Streamcast to pay Enemalta more
Air Malta in the red as losses reach €150 million
Air Malta’s financial situation is facing a total meltdown
Direct orders ‘supremo’ set to be appointed to lead fight against sports corruption
There is scepticism among the top tiers of Maltese
Attorney General silent on failure to appeal ruling on Robert Agius (Tal-Maksar)
Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg has persistently ignored questions on
MFSA payments to Saviour Balzan for ‘positive content’ under review
Thousands of euro per month paid by the MFSA
Old habits die hard in Gozo despite new Minister
Prime Minister Robert Abela’s latest weekend boast, that ‘his’
Standard deviation
There was a time I would speak of a
UPDATED: Banners mark one year since street protests led to political resignations
Updated to include follow-up statement by Occupy Justice on
A turn in the tide
A few months ago, Konrad Mizzi was finally expelled
Autistic children evicted after report on Gozo mayor’s request for ‘a personal discount’
In the latest twist in a saga that has
NAO confirms Planning Authority’s blunder over direct order awarded to Labour pollster
An investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO) found
The light of a new dawn
It is The Shift’s third anniversary. It was born
No charges yet in sight despite police ‘show’ and leaks
As the mainstream media are being drip-fed leaks by
MFSA scandal: Cuschieri and Licari on 38 business trips abroad costing €0.5 million
Embattled MFSA chief Joseph Cuschieri and the Authority’s General
Gozo Channel faces bleak future as losses surge
Gozo Channel Operations Ltd, the State monopoly that provides
AG’s presence on committee set to investigate Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers is in breach of law
Attorney General (AG) Victoria Buttigieg sits on the body
Water Services Corporation racks up €72,000 in credit card bills in just over two years
The Water Services Corporation (WSC) managed to rack up
Disinformation Watch: A smile a day keeps the virus away
The year 2020 is, in some form or another,
The power of our example
The world breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday
Machiavelli: The Princess
The meteoric Miriam Dalli has landed back in Malta.
Electrogas: A €100,000 show selling a lie to boost Joseph Muscat’s ratings before 2017 election
Hit by a storm of criticism following a stream
Gozitan heavyweights gifted €9 million public contract despite illegalities
A group of Gozitan businessmen, led by construction magnate
‘I choose not to respond’ – Brian Tonna and Karl Cini tell Inquiry Board
Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna and Karl Cini remained tight-lipped
MFSA scandal: Details emerge on Cuschieri’s intervention to give Licari €100,000 job
Edwina Licari, the “self-suspended” General Counsel of the MFSA,
Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Alex Muscat fails to explain income from Nexia BT
Alex Muscat, parliamentary secretary for citizenship, has failed to
Former Deputy Commissioner Silvio Valletta answered to Keith Schembri
Former deputy police commissioner Silvio Valletta felt obliged to
Who cares?
Reading the news right now is a bit like
Joseph Cuschieri topped his lucrative package with extra pay behind the MFSA Board’s back
Embattled MFSA CEO Joseph Cuschieri was drawing an extra
What happens in Vegas can’t stay in Vegas: MFSA chief, a friend, and a client accused of murder
As pressure from European financial authorities mounts on the
Agriculture Ministry turning Pitkalija into Gozo employment agency as election looms
A government-owned company responsible for the running of the
Anger management
You must wonder what the breaking point is. I
Courts judge crimes, inquiries judge sins
Here’s a fact that will change the way you
€16 million taken by Electrogas shareholders also hidden from European Commission
Electrogas shareholders hid over €16 million in ‘success fees’,
EXCLUSIVE: Leaked report shows Malta Enterprise knew past of Streamcast ‘investor’ who left trail of debt behind
A due diligence report commissioned by Malta Enterprise had
‘Lost’ hospitals’ MOU found at Malta Enterprise, despite Kurt Farrugia’s denials
Declarations made earlier by Kurt Farrugia, CEO of Malta
Witches and the public interest
The Court has thrown out four libel suits brought
How the PAC’s investigation into Electrogas was derailed
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was created to audit
Controversial Film Commissioner given three more years
Johann Grech has been given three more years as
‘Access to information should be recognised as one of the main pillars sustaining media freedom’
Accessing information held by public authorities is not always
The luckiest woman in the world lives in Malta – Ryan Murdock
The luckiest woman in Bormla might just be the
The Shift’s reporting ‘a matter of public interest done in the public interest’, court rules
The Shift’s founder and editor Caroline Muscat and Matthew
Government issues €300,000 bid call for ‘scientific bird-ringing services’, cancels a few days later
In yet another act of defiance against EU directives

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