Editors’ ViewPoints

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Today’s Editors deliver a number of strong messages on migration and the environment, calling for an increased sense of justice in Malta’s approach on these matters.

Maltatoday’s midweek Editorial delivers a scathing evaluation of Malta’s migration policy, insisting that the Maltese government has blood on its hands by restricted migrants’ right to asylum. Referring to the activities of former OPM employee Neville Gafa on Libyan soil, the Editor argues that through these actions Malta made sure that people seeking their right to asylum are not allowed to leave the country.

The driest February on record prompts the Times’ Editorial to express its concern on the impact on livelihood of farmers and their families. This necessitates a clear plan of action for sustainable development, safeguarding the water table and mitigating the impact of climate change on the farming community, through initiatives which include building more desalination plants, constructing sea defences and possibly also obliging farmers to switch to drought resistant crops.

The Independent also tackles Malta’s environmental challenges, choosing a rather striking quote by Jose Herrera, Minister for Sustainable Development who earlier this week noted that Malta is experiencing too much emphasis on economic growth over preservation of environment. The Editor points to the Government’s dependency on population growth to deliver economic growth, a factor which is hastening the process of environmental degradation.

In-Nazzjon takes a look at the present challenges in financial services, taking lead from the latest news that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will be shutting its doors on the island and move its operations to Amsterdam. The Editor blames this on the downgraded reputation of the country, which will not improve unless significant reforms are undertaken and particular individuals still roaming free.

L-Orizzont calls on political parties and stakeholders to always put the national interest first, particularly when discussion concerning Malta and its representatives take place at an international level. Although it acknowledges that there is room for improvement in the way things are done in our country, such matters should not be used to damage Malta’s reputation any further on the international stage.

BeInformed – CiConsulta Media Monitoring

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