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Today’s Maltese Editors’ Viewpoints

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The Editors of today’s six local newspapers making their way to the newsstands have focused on completely different stories in their op-ed.

The Malta Independent expresses its shock at the news that more than half of the traffic section of the local police force is being investigated over alleged overtime abuse, fuel misappropriation and the collection of protection money. While underlining the continued negative impact on Malta’s reputation – with the story making the headlines as far as the United States – the Editor’s biggest concern is that when the same people who should be upholding the law are actually committing abuse, trust not only is eroded but more people will feel less qualms at breaking the law.

Business Today welcomes the current road infrastructural projects, described as “more than welcome”, highlighting how these will make travelling safer, faster and help reduce congestion. In particular, business stands to benefit from the new roads, as the weak transport network is repeatedly at the top of local business concerns.  The editor however calls that the country should look beyond this investment, and start thinking of developing a mass transport system that can operate both above ground and underground.

The Times of Malta is the only local paper to take an international dimension in its editorial, tackling the global health emergency of the coronavirus which is already leaving an impact on the worldwide economy. The Editor takes the media angle of this phenomenon, calling out internet websites and foreign tabloids spreading shoddy studies, while at the same time expressing hope that information being published in China reflects the reality of the situation on the ground.

The Business Weekly calls out newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy Clayton Bartolo for being too quick to condemn its story on gaming company LeoVegas’ decision to cancel its plans to expand its offices in Malta, arguing that this story has also been reported in the foreign press and has not been denied by the company itself. The Editor notes that while ironically the Parliamentary Secretary claims that the company’s CFO has re-assured him on the company’s continued presence in Malta, the Leo Vegas investor relations page includes the announcement that the planned relocation to Malta has been called off.

L-Orizzont’s op-ed today focuses on blockchain technology and Malta’s efforts at taking an early lead in this industry, which is creating space for economic growth and new job opportunities. While applauding the fact that a strong due diligence system has been created around this sector to ensure a high level of trust amongst the different stakeholders, the Editor calls on the regulatory authorities to continue  strengthening the level of attention on the way these kind of business operate, while calling on Government to take forward Malta’s lead in other emerging sectors such as AI, Big Data, Internaet of Things, e-sports and space.

Nationalist Party daily In-Nazzjon chooses to dwell on the present situation within the same party, signaling the need for party officials, activists and supporters to unite being Opposition Leader Adrian Delia. A strong Opposition is of benefit to the country, claims the Editor, and welcomes the appointment of temporary Secretary-General Francis Zammit Dimech, a move which will hasten the completion of the current reform process within the Party.

Via CiConsulta Media Monitoring Service 

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