no denying the facts
The Labour Party should disassociate itself with the past
if it really wants to start afresh, says Liberta' Mhedda author
Dione Borg. Interview Ray Abdilla
The BondiPlus programme broadcast last Tuesday was once again
the cause of controversy. Its subject, the book (Freedom Under
Threat) by journalist Dione Borg, deals with the violence perpetuated
by Labour Party thugs during the eighties.
The Labour Party had asked the Broadcasting Authority to intervene
in order to ensure that Public Broadcasting Services would not
transmit the programme.
The books author feels that their statement that the programme
BondiPlus is being used as a propaganda tool in favour
of the Nationalist Party, is absurd.
"Not only had the MLP been invited for this discussion
programme but the book actually includes extracts by former Labour
leader Dr Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici and current deputy leader Dr
George Vella. If the MLP has really changed then it should make
a public apology and state that such things should never have
The BondiPlus programme was aired last Tuesday as per schedule,
albeit without the participation of representatives of the Labour
Dione Borg is a senior journalist with daily newspaper In-Nazzjon
Taghna. His book, which deals with cases of politically-motivated
violence dating back to the1980s, has already been sold out.
Mr Borg feels that the real reason behind the BondiPlus boycott
was because the programme is produced by the company Where's Everybody.
"I think that the Labour Partys attitude is really
irresponsible. I believe they would not have done the same if
it was any other programme," Mr Borg said.
The author said that the violence occurred when Dr Alfred Sant
was president of the Malta Labour Party and if he were really
against such things happening in Malta he should have condemned
them when he had such a vital role in the party.
Writing the book had been on Borgs mind ever since the
incidents occurred. This was a part of Maltese history, he said,
and people, especially the young generation, have a right to know
what had happened in the recent past. "One can't imagine
the state the country was in during those days."
It was primarily Raymond Caruana's death and the violence that
was prevalent during the eighties that urged Borg to write the
book, to much of which he was an eye-witness. Borg carried out
intensive research before he decided to put pen to paper.
Borg explains that he has been criticised for not mentioning
other occurrences such as the death of Karen Grech, but this is
because the book is not politically motivated, therefore he has
only written about proven facts. The Raymond Caruana case, the
Tal-Barrani and the Rabat incidents were all related to each other.
Mr Borg said that his interviews with the persons involved from
both parties prove the books credibility. Liberta' Mhedda
includes interviews with Prime Minister Dr Eddie Fenech Adami,
the President Dr Guido de Marco, Minister Louis Galea, former
Premier Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, Dr George Vella and Anglu Fenech.
Research for the book had been carried out during Borgs
free time. It was not an easy task, but he found that people were
keen to collaborate. Even Alfred Desira known as L-Indjan talked
about to his own past involvement.
Borgs findings uncovered that the weapon that was used
in Raymond Caruana's death was the same one which was used on
the Nationalist Party club at Paola. The police investigation
as to Raymond Caruana's death and the weapon used, is still under
Another interesting story in Liberta Mhedda regards the
coup d'état that was planned during the 1987 elections
by a number of Labour Party supporters. This information had been
passed on to the then leader of the Opposition Dr Eddie Fenech
Adami who at once contacted Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici.
The latter promised that he would man Ta' Qali with the Armed
Forces so that should the Nationalist Party win the election,
democracy would prevail.