We have more than a passing interest in the Maltese blogosphere, and in citizen journalists in particular; that’s people who use the blog as the 21st century personal equivalent of the old printing press. We’ve dug up five Malta bloggers to watch for the alternative pulse of the nation. Always opinionated, ‘in your face’ and readable.
In alphabetical order:
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Notebook. Daphne’s ‘Running Commentary’ is arguably the most-read blog in Malta. A columnist for the Malta Independent and a household name on the islands, Daphne has an opinion on anything that she deems to be ‘in the public sphere’. And most people in Malta have an opinion on Daphne, including those who dare venture to comment on her blog. Spiky, wicked writing, a relentless critic of the Partit Laburista, but also of much that she feels is mundane or plain barmy on the island. Essential, entertaining and frequently painful reading.
Dr. Ing. Patrick Attard. Gay rights in Malta are still hopelessly unrepresented. Patrick is a relentless campaigner and assiduous in raising awareness about homophobia and bigotry.
J’Accuse. Jacques Rene Zammit is one of Malta’s earliest and most prolific bloggers. A lawyer by profession, Jacques writes about politics, the media, football, technology and anything else that gives him an excuse to look sideways at how Maltese life ticks. Based in Luxembourg, J’Accuse often benefits from the critical distance that only a Maltese migrant can have. To be read with an espresso in hand.
MarkBiwwa. Mark Debono plays in a heavy metal band, writes copy for a Government agency by day and more interesting stuff in his spare time. Irreverent most times, and with a wicked sense of humour. Check out this blog for post-it sticker blogging.
My Voice. Caroline Muscat is a recent addition to the blogosphere. A trained journalist and former Greenpeace activist, Caroline’s posts are well-researched and authoritative. Check out this blog for insights on democracy, environment and big brother.