Last, Saturday, 13 March 2021, Will Nicoll a journalist who describes himself as “I cover the interplay between sport, politics and business for Forbes.com”, wrote as follows: Scandals and mafia allegations may force Malta to reconsider its reliance on online betting”. This article can also be read on CDC Gaming Report Inc. a company based in Nevada.
It is now becoming abundantly clear that there are countries in Europe and beyond that are not too happy with the fact that Malta has been accruing good money through Gambling licences etc.. The island hosts approximately 10% of the world’s gaming companies. Not bad, but not extraordinary; just a mere 10%. However, it seems that even that 10% is being coveted by the powers that be. Not many believed that Malta would have made such a success of it. But then one has to know Malta’s history well – not just the last 20-odd years or so – to understand how this small blob in the Mediterranean basin has always overcome adversity and kept going through thick and thin. But today, there is an interest to bring to tatters this history of success and the Daphne Caruana Galizia case is serving this purpose well.
Articles appearing in the mainstream media including those covering Daphne Caruana Galizia’s case have one sole mission: to destroy Malta’s good reputation in this sector of gaming and finance.
If one analysis when and how the material is published – though marketed would be a more appropriate word than publishes – a pattern emerges that clearly indicates a strategy coming into play to tarnish Malta as much as possible. Definitely this is not being done in the interest of justice nor because of money laundering. It is being raked up in such a fashion that shows it is done for the benefit of all those who have a vested interest to pervert the course of justice and bring the country to its knees.
I note that Mr. Nicoll is also linked to Muck Rack like a number of journalists working for the Times of Malta. Perhaps, he should not have just relied on quoting from the Times of Malta. There are other papers which may have shed a different perspective on the local situation, after which, he could have been in a better position to write.
At the turn of the 20th century Roosevelt acknowledged that
“the men with the muck rakers are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.”
It is a pity that Nicoll did not consult the Malta Gaming Authority and get its views.
To my knowledge, Daphne Caruana Galizia was not assassinated in that brutal fashion because she was going to reveal something about Gaming and online betting unless, of course, Nicoll has insider knowledge as to the contents of her computer which is another bone of contention in this ongoing saga. As for Yorgen Fenech escaping from Malta, which was mentioned by Nicholl in his article, this has been proven to be a myth. This was fabricated by the police with the help of certain journalists!
As for Healthcliff Farrugia being accused of corruption because of his presumed links to Yorgen Fenech, once again, this is being based on snippets of ‘chats’ taken out of context, thus distorting facts and enabling those actually perverting the course of justice to achieve what they want with impunity.
Is Nicoll aware that the Court banned the chats being rendered public? That ban still stands. Nevertheless, this infringement is being repeatedly flaunted in open defiance of the Court.
Is Nicoll aware that after his article in Forbes, The Sunday Times used Yorgen Fenech’s chats, on which there is a court ban, and published a story related to betting? The aim of The Sunday Times of Malta is to put the jobs of hundreds of Maltese and foreign workers at risk.
As for the mafia being involved in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder, this has been ruled out completely by our local police. The police are intent on putting the blame on Yorgen Fenech. But why did Nicoll not start by asking and investigating the network of intrigue and contradictions that surround the Daphne Caruana Galizia investigation and her family?
What I do conclude is that certain magistrates and judges do not care about justice nor that an entire political agenda has been fabricated around Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, which is built on lies and more lies. The magistrates and judges are cushy. They know that their salary and lucrative pensions are guaranteed. Even the Caruana Galizia family knows that thanks to this false narrative, they will be gaining large sums of money in compensation from the state as well as from other sources.
In the process, crypto-currency, gaming and other sectors, that are not even remotely linked to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, are being mentioned and highlighted as proof that Malta is mafia territory. Yorgen Fenech is being depicted by the mainstream media as a mafia associate when this is not proven. All this is aimed at destroying an important source of revenue for our country and protecting a hidden force behind this horrendous mess.
To crown matters further that same media outlet which is threatening the jobs of many in Malta, expects the Maltese Government to subsidize it for the loss it is making albeit because its readership is in sharp decline!