What follows are the main news which Maltese portals are leading with for today.
Times of Malta leads with a story about a man who had been jailed and fined for cultivating drugs was awarded €1,000 in moral damages and €1,700 to cover costs after the European Court of Human Rights found he had been subjected to arbitrary punishment. In March 2008, Anthony Seychell was jailed for 12 years and fined €25,000 by the Criminal Court after a trial by jury found him guilty of cultivation and aggravated possession (not for his exclusive use) of cannabis. The Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence a year later.
Word spread this morning that Maltese personality affectionately known as Ġorġ tal-Mużew, had passed on to a better world. This was not true, and as he is is alive and well, after having been recovering for the past days at Mater Dei hospital. On Wednesday, Ġorġ was transferred from Mater Dei to the St Vincent de Paule residence for the elderly.
Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia has waited 8 months for a response from Prime Minister Joseph Muscat regarding the appointment of the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. Government Whip Robert Cutajar spoke with Newsbook.com.mt and confirmed the delay of the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life’s appointing.
The Malta Independent leads with the story about a Siggiewi man has denied aggravated drug possession charges after heroin and cannabis were discovered in a chicken coop on his farm. Horace Fenech, 42, from Siggiewi was arraigned before magistrate Marseann Farrugia and charged with possession of heroin in circumstances which denoted it was not for his personal use, as well as possession of cannabis and cannabis resin. Fenech was also charged with recidivism.
MaltaToday reports that while the autumn hunting season is supposed to start on Saturday but BirdLife have asked the Prime Minister to postpone the opening by a month-and-a-half to reduce the possibility of illegal shooting of birds of prey.
OneNews reports about the opening in Malta of a new company in CryptoCurrency, which joins other companies, which decided to open in Malta, in the sector.
The Shift News reports, “In the wake of the horrific assassinations of journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak, MEPs in the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs decided to allocate European funding specifically to support investigative journalism within the European Union. Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola, who is also EPP Group Coordinator within the committee, welcomed the vote saying “journalists are the gatekeepers of any democratic society and they are under pressure. We need journalists to separate fact from fiction – a strong press leads to a strong democracy, where the values of truth and accountability persist.”\
Illum reports that Maltese delicacy Pastizzi producers, said that given there’s an increase in everything, the price increase is justified.
NetNews reports the freeport announced that last night there was an incident which led to the deployment of shielding equipment, to protect the swimmers zone in Pretty Bay, Birzebbugia.