Neville Borg

Fact check Malta: Do these ‘Roman-era’ baths disprove climate change?

July 10, 2024 Social media users have recently shared a photo on social media that they claim shows ‘Roman tidal baths’ in Malta that disprove climate change. One X user sharing the photo wrote ‘Roman tidal baths on Malta – still at sea level after thousands of years. But – climate change is about to […]

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Fact check Malta: TikTok is soaking up sunscreen misinformation

July 10, 2024 Social media sees an endless stream of trends. A potential contender for the summer’s hottest: sunscreen is actually bad for you. At least, so say a number of TikTok users. News sites in the United States have been reporting that misinformation about sunscreen is spreading profusely on the bite-size video platform and

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Fact check Malta: Watch your step – image of rainbow steps being shared out of context

July 8, 2024 On Saturday 6 July, an image showing what appeared to be a digger demolishing rainbow-coloured steps in a seemingly suburban street while a man stood watching a few metres away, was widely shared on Facebook. Amongst those who shared it was a self-proclaimed ‘personal blog’ page called ‘This is Malta’, which shared

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Fact-check Malta: Do smear campaign reports clear Chris Fearne?

July 8, 2024 Shocking new revelations into a Steward-funded campaign orchestrated to smear former Health Minister Chris Fearne led inaccurate claims over whether this absolved Fearne of his ongoing legal troubles linked to a concession awarding three of Malta’s public hospitals to a private consortium. The deal was later taken over by US healthcare giant

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Fact-check Malta: Don’t get duped – well-known Maltese people are the subject of a new crypto scam

July 1, 2024 What do Malta’s former prime minister, a podcaster and a journalist have in common?  They and others are the subject of a new scam circulating locally on social media. Cyber scams are becoming more sophisticated, though this latest one is not particularly ingenious. Consisting of posts identical in form and content, most

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Fact-check Malta: Who gets to be mayor in Malta’s hung councils?

June 27, 2024 Several of Malta’s largest localities emerged from the local council elections held on 8 June with hung councils, after neither of Malta’s two main political parties obtained a majority of seats. In Birkirkara, one of Malta’s most populated towns, the Labour Party (PL) and Nationalist Party (PN) each won six seats, meaning

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Fact-check Malta: Was a butcher caught killing sick dogs and cats and selling them as sausage meat?

June 27, 2024 Rumours that a butcher on the island of Gozo was killing sick dogs and cats and selling them to customers as sausages spread like wildfire on Friday 21 June, causing panic and disgust in equal measure. They claimed that several people had fallen sick and were admitted to hospital over the weekend

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Fact-check Malta: far-right MEP candidate manipulates footage aired on Maltese television

June 20, 2024 Prior to the MEP elections held on June 8, 2024, the Maltese state broadcaster, TVM, aired an advert containing footage manipulated to support the agenda of a far-right MEP candidate. The advert was produced by far-right party Imperium Europa. It features the party’s founder and leader, Norman Lowell, urging people to “open

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Fact-check Malta: Are votes for small parties ‘wasted’?

June 5, 2024 In the run-up to the European Parliament and local council elections held in Malta on 8 June, the leaders of the country’s two main political parties warned the public against voting for third-parties or independent candidates, saying that a vote for another party would be ‘wasted’. In truth, this is a familiar

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Fact-check Malta: Who can vote in Malta’s elections?

June 4, 2024 this year’s elections saw some 370,000 people eligible to cast their vote for their preferred candidate for the European Parliament and almost 460,000 people vote for their local council representatives. Several online posts in recent weeks have spread confusion over who is eligible to vote, with some questioning the impact that Malta’s

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