National broadcaster PBS has ignored a request to air a European Parliament debate about Malta live on TVM, the Nationalist Party said this morning. 

In a statement, the PN said it had sent PBS a letter last Friday asking the broadcaster to air tomorrow's debate on national television and stream it on its website. 

No reply has been forthcoming.  

The evening programme Dissett will, however, be holding a post-mortem of the debate. 

The European Parliament is to debate the rule of law in Malta tomorrow, with multiple MEPs saying they have concerns about governance in the country following the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. 

MEPs are expected to pass a resolution demanding regular and close monitoring of the local situation by the European Commission, with all groupings except the Socialists and Democrats expected to vote in favour. 

The resolution is also expected to question whether Malta is compliant with an EU anti-money laundering directive and to condemn local police for failing to investigate facts arising from the Panama Papers leak. 

Labour MEP Alfred Sant on Saturday accused his PN counterparts of lobbying other MEPs to attack Malta during the debate, saying they risked "inflicting enormous damages on the whole country." 

PN MEPs shot back, saying that "allowing criminals to take hold of the country and cause havoc is what damages Malta’s reputation." 

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat waded into the war of words yesterday, that saying PN MEP Francis Zammit Dimech was among those listed in the Panama Papers and should therefore, by the party's yardstick, step aside

Dr Zammit Dimech's legal firm FZD-Trustee & Fiduciary Services Ltd features in the database as a shareholder of International Goods and Services Ltd, a BVI-registered firm with Aldo Angolucci named as its beneficiary. 

The MEP stepped aside from the firm in August 2014, and yesterday accused the Prime Minister of trying to deflect attention, saying he only shared an office with the firm and had nothing to do with the Panama Papers leak. 

The European Parliament debate is scheduled to take place tomorrow at around 3pm, with a vote on the resolution expected on Wednesday afternoon.



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