NEWS | Wednesday, 05 March 2008
Jason Micallef sues for libel over Bondì’s ‘lip-reading’ skills
Labour’s deputy leader for party affairs Michael Falzon and secretary-general Jason Micallef yesterday filed libel suits against journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Lou Bondì respectively.
In the first case, Falzon said he felt libelled by an article posted on the internet by Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday, which he claimed was aimed at tarnishing his reputation. Edward Zammit Lewis is representing Falzon.
In the second suit, Micallef filed libel proceedings against journalist Lou Bondì over the alleged comments Bondì claimed had been uttered by Micallef to Falzon during a Labour press conference.
Last Monday on Bondiplus, in an interview with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, Bondì aired what he claimed was Jason Micallef whispering a disparaging comment on Bondì to Michael Falzon during a Labour press conference on Monday morning, shortly after a question asked by Bondì to Alfred Sant.
While the clip contained no audible speech, Bondì subtitled the alleged comments by Micallef as having been “Kemm hu pufta, Bondì”. Micallef accused Bondì of fabricating false and defamatory allegations in his regard. Lawyer Pawlu Lia is representing Micallef.