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PM lauds ‘great democratic changes’ despite abandoning Zejtun and Marsa

Karl Schembri

Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi yesterday showed he found no contradiction in abandoning the Labour fortress of Zejtun for the March elections despite his party’s battles 20 years ago to hold democratic demonstrations there, while Labour thugs beat up PN activists.


MPs should have been consulted - Frans Agius

More irregular FTS direct orders amounting to Lm250,000 discovered

Enemalta blames union rigidity for gas shortage


Fighting the burger on TV

More should be done to assist parents wanting children

Serracino Inglott backs case for in-vitro fertilisation

Nationalist MP condemns AFM attack

Elderly trapped on one side of the town

Surgeon was under inquiry’s spotlight

I would have been more than willing to stand for the PN – Zejtun candidate

New waste strategy extra costs could amount to Lm30 million

A tale of two Callej(y)as

Government will not subsidise Gozo air link

Journalists’ Institute condemns PM’s PRO for contentious e-mail

From the gates of Tal-Barrani to the swivel doors at Pietà

SMS director and Italian businessman wanted Lm100,000 each in Priceclub deal – Dr Chircop

Phantom funds for parents using child care centre

Irate Sliema residents insist car park is unnecessary

Lack of information – the lesson from the migration conference

Dionysius Mintoff claims conference was hijacked



Confessions of an army commander
Brigadier Carmel Vassallo breaks the silence over Hal-Safi, just… In a frank interview, Vassallo pays witness the vicious circle of Malta’s detention policy which has turned human beings stuck in armybarracks into enemies - by Matthew Vella


With the captivating smile
Described alternately as “The man with the captivating smile,” and “The man with the fastest moving feet,” Movin’ Melvin Brown has been delighting the crowds in Malta over the past weeks.



HSBC announces record results, share split

BOV makes changes at the top

2004 sees record number of new companies registered



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An unacceptable form of scheming
The unfortunate decision to withdraw the four candidates from the Zejtun and Marsa local council list is curious and worrying.


Derailing democracy
“A man is not either stupid or intelligent, he is either free or not free.”
I have no copyright over this phrase but I love it with a passion. It was graffiti in a public lavatory in Paris in 1968.
- Saviour Balzan

I’m not deaf, I’m ignoring them
- Harry Vassallo

Sliema – surplus to requirements
- Claire Bonello


Tony Formosa's world of sports
Scandals that rock the game


We are disconnecting 30 water supplies weekly

Payment of utility dues

MAM say Maltese take least sick leave

A peace movement to combat fascism and fundamentaism


Giovanna should defend Gozo’s heritage

Let’s get on with the work in Floriana

A Tsunami of Hypocrisy

Floriana: A not so simple case

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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 sa

les 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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