PRESS RELEASE BY THE CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER MR KEITH SCHEMBRI

The Times asserts three ‘facts’ in its leader urging its readers to vote for Busuttil. None of them are factual – and to assert them as such reflects a disgraceful performance from what was once the country’s most respected journal-of-record. To quote the Times:

‘Fact’ One � ‘There is serious evidence that Keith Schembri is a money-launderer’.

Reality: There is no such evidence. The Times has now written hundreds of stories about me – all framed as ‘anonymous sources tell us’ or ‘a report is rumoured to exist..’ or simply reporting accusation as conclusion. What every one of these stories has in common is the lack of a single concrete piece of evidence in any of them.

‘Fact’ Two � ‘Joseph Muscat dismissed this evidence as inconsequential’

Reality: No, he didn’t. In response to the initial wave of media stories, he established a magisterial enquiry to ascertain whether there was any substance to them. An unprecedented step in accountability for a sitting Maltese Prime Minister.

‘Fact’ Three � ‘The police have failed to investigate Keith Schembri is above-the-law’.

Reality: Utter nonsense. The independent inquiry is proceeding normally. That’s how the law works; along with the fundamental principle that we are all presumed innocent unless proven guilty � no matter who we are, or where we work.

People are entitled to their own opinions � they are not entitled to their own facts.

I expect this kind of deranged conspiracy theorising from Busuttil. He wants to be Prime Minister.

But the media is supposed to at least pretend to be objective. Instead, they are simply reprinting – and magnifying – every unfounded allegation spewing from the Leader of the Opposition.

The Maltese people deserve far, far better.

Source: Government of Malta

PRESS RELEASE BY THE CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER MR KEITH SCHEMBRI

The Times asserts three ‘facts’ in its leader urging its readers to vote for Busuttil. None of them are factual – and to assert them as such reflects a disgraceful performance from what was once the country’s most respected journal-of-record. To quote the Times:

‘Fact’ One � ‘There is serious evidence that Keith Schembri is a money-launderer’.

Reality: There is no such evidence. The Times has now written hundreds of stories about me – all framed as ‘anonymous sources tell us’ or ‘a report is rumoured to exist..’ or simply reporting accusation as conclusion. What every one of these stories has in common is the lack of a single concrete piece of evidence in any of them.

‘Fact’ Two � ‘Joseph Muscat dismissed this evidence as inconsequential’

Reality: No, he didn’t. In response to the initial wave of media stories, he established a magisterial enquiry to ascertain whether there was any substance to them. An unprecedented step in accountability for a sitting Maltese Prime Minister.

‘Fact’ Three � ‘The police have failed to investigate Keith Schembri is above-the-law’.

Reality: Utter nonsense. The independent inquiry is proceeding normally. That’s how the law works; along with the fundamental principle that we are all presumed innocent unless proven guilty � no matter who we are, or where we work.

People are entitled to their own opinions � they are not entitled to their own facts.

I expect this kind of deranged conspiracy theorising from Busuttil. He wants to be Prime Minister.

But the media is supposed to at least pretend to be objective. Instead, they are simply reprinting – and magnifying – every unfounded allegation spewing from the Leader of the Opposition.

The Maltese people deserve far, far better.

Source: Government of Malta