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Herman Grech

Jungle all the way

When the news emerged on January 10 that rock legend David Bowie had died, I was among the army of fans who went into overdrive to try to explain the terrible implications to anybody who dared to listen. Seven months later, a particular tweet...

It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

The classic REM song was uploaded by an incredulous friend on Facebook on Wednesday morning as the world was jolted out of its sleep to discover that a misogynistic, narcissistic, serial liar had been elected president of the so-called land of the...

Why we’ve ditched comments to some online stories

Last week, we uploaded a story about a horrific traffic accident in Sliema, which was captured on CCTV. Within minutes, the story elicited scores of online comments - some were objective, others perfect fodder for conspiracy theories, the majority...

Have I got news for you?

When I watched John Oliver's 19-minute rant on the doom and gloom facing the newspaper industry, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The TV host joined the dots to outline the way cash-strapped news organisations could inevitably lead to...

No right to remain silent

Discussing petty politics over a beer last week, a friend of mine confessed: “I no longer dare criticise the government online because I fear I will end up attacked on Glenn Bedingfield’s blog”. I also heard an acquaintance (a Nationalist voter)...

Naqilgħu tkaxkira, they say

The warning was clear: “After the next election, it would be the turn of others, like The Times and The Malta Independent to be swept away (jaqilgħu tkaxkira) so nobody would stand in the people's path to progress and prosperity.” The message was...

Write or wrong?

The threat was spelt out in no uncertain terms: “If U dont publish my comment I will sew you (sic)”…  The reader, let’s call him Joe Bloggs, took umbrage at Times of Malta’s online moderator for deleting two comments he had posted in reaction to a...

One sandwich short of a picnic

The police’s decision to question two protesters because they took part in a ‘picnic protest’ on Sunday to try to highlight the destruction of our environment epitomises all that is wrong with Malta’s authorities. Fine, the police might be...

Label me

The allegations against Allied Newspapers' managing director came like a bolt out of the blue, and shocked our news organisation's employees to the core. So you can imagine the hurt most of us felt when our editorial credibility was put into...

Know your enemy

Three hospitals and a school were hit in air strikes in northern Syria, killing 23 people. Syrian government forces are believed to be behind the bombing. Turkey squarely blamed Russia. It is yet another bloody chapter of the horror story called...