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Judge still awaits terms of reference

This is ‘Clandestine 2’ according to St Luke’s Hospital awaiting surgery for a smashed jaw after a beating at the hands of the AFM last Thursday. An undercover MaltaToday photojournalist yesterday sneaked past security officers at the MS2 ward and visited ‘Clandestine 2’, a Palestinian asylum seeker. Contacted yesterday, Judge Franco Depasquale confirmed that he was awaiting his terms of reference to start the inquiry. Read More


Hal-Safi attacks – no condemnation of AFM violence from government

Army’s behaviour ‘deplorable’ and ‘disproportionate’ - UNHCR official

Police sergeant who dumped Nardu Debono corpse is ‘removed’ but not prosecuted

Doubts on authenticity of sick leave certificate ignored

Health department continues to refuse to publish inquiry into boy’s death

No consultation at government level says Vince Farrugia

Direct orders list could have misled Parliament


Brussels allocates funds to a radio that does not exist

Membership in MUT up after protest

Labour imposes Publio in Floriana, Nigel retaliates

Labour – March elections bear no significance on Constitution vote

Agitated crowd says no to M'Scala plant

Corporation ignores cheaper tender

Loophole with clay pigeon cartridges revealed

Local council amendments will save PN’s face

Judge decides against requests for documents in police dismissal case

Government faces new unionised front as workers bridge occupational divide

New airline… please fasten your seat belts


Out of the classroom into the streets
Teachers have crossed the line and have registered their dissent, much to the dismay of government pundits. MaltaToday interviews John Bencini, the President of the Malta Union of Teachers, about the union’s stand against the budget and the upcoming controversial collective agreement - by Karl Schembri


Inspired by the turmoil inside
Ceramicist George Muscat started his artistic career at a very young age and has been at it for 28 years.


Bank savings, private sector loans on the increase

Air Malta sees four per cent increase in 2004 passenger traffic

Government to create venture capital incentives - Gatt



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Let justice be done
Last Thursday’s shocking incidents at the Safi detention centre warrant critical analysis and censure.


There are anniversaries, the ones you feel proud to talk about and commemorate, and there are those that you conveniently pray no one remembers.
- Saviour Balzan

For their eyes only
- Claire Bonello

Divorced from reality
- Harry Vassallo

The forgotten
- Evarist Bartolo


Tony Formosa's world of sports
Darlings of sport


The discriminatory price of heating oil in Malta

An EU state constitution superior to national Constitution

Rugby and KMS

Eco-taxes and the St Luke’s chimney

Selective fining in Floriana

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MaltaToday celebrates 5 years
MaltaToday has multiplied eight-fold
“Readers appear fed up of being inflicted with press statements, a constant dose of party politics and spin doctoring. They are still interested in reading good news stories, but they want them to be well presented, articulately written and attractively illustrated. They want to read about society and about what is happening in the world around them And they cannot stand being preached to.”
So ran MaltaToday’s first editorial November 19, 1999, precisely 5 years ago .
MaltaToday was purposely launched as a Friday newspaper; it would later convert to a Sunday newspaper. It was a ploy concocted to avoid unnecessary competition from the giants published on a Sunday.
The front page of edition number one carried stories about ‘Corpses left in bed at Boffa hospital’, ‘No Air Malta flights after 10pm on New Year’s’Eve. Other stories interestingly covered the ‘9.2 million owed to MDC’, ‘Maltese will not be an official language’ and ‘We’re Arabs after all…’.
There were interviews with Joe Dimech, Jesmond Mugliet, John Lowell and footballer Joe Cilia.
The opinion pages were graced with Pierre Portelli, Miriam Dalli and MaltaToday editor then, as now, Saviour Balzan. A satirical column with the theme; ‘Where are they now’ took former Labour minister Joe Grima to task.
The 28 page newspaper also carried an colourful entertainment magazine called ‘This Week’ which has since been replaced.
Starting off with sales of less a thousand and struggling to break into the market, MaltaToday five years down the line has multiplied sales more than eight fold and is one of the leading Sunday newspapers. MaltaToday together with The Malta Business & Financial Times is owned and published by Newsworks Limited and both newspapers were one of the first to go online.

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