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
Malta’s ecological resource supply puts it among 20 worst countries in the world
Malta’s rate of consumption of natural resources has outpaced
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
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
UK-sanctioned Colombian drug trafficker operates Maltese company under fake name
Updated to include Right of Reply from Gordon Mifsud
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
If you can, you must
Doctors are trained to heal.  They have the capability
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
Our planners’ outdated idea of modernity
Martin Saliba, the Planning Authority’s executive chairman, has attracted
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 2019
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
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
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
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.
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’,
‘Lost’ hospitals’ MOU found at Malta Enterprise, despite Kurt Farrugia’s denials
Declarations made earlier by Kurt Farrugia, CEO of Malta
Protest calls for resignation of justice minister
In a protest calling for the resignation of Justice
International reactions to public inquiry findings stress the need for reform
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Teresa