12 JANUARY 2003
editor is NO to EU figureheads husband
San gwann -Pietru Krapatkun chooses not to have his
name divulged but MaltaToday can reveal that he is Kevin Ellul
Bonici the husband of Simone Ellul Bonici the charming and comely
lady who has been at the forefront of anti-EU campaigns. She now
leads the No to EU, Yes to International Cooperation group.
The retired police inspector who was allegedly involved in a
hit and run accident enjoys his free time regularly updating www.maltafly.com,
filling the website with hilarious, touched-up images of politicians
and their apologists and articles about the political scene.
Surely enough, Maltafly is committed to an anti-EU platform
"We are for freedom and we are against the EU because it
is just the formation of a new federal state with centralised
despotic laws and tyrannical investigative techniques that are
not as yet apparent to the masses. The freedom of individuals
is tied to the freedom of nations."
Speaking exclusively to MaltaToday, he said that "Maltafly.com
is an experiment. It has no basic ideology except for freedom
of expression, freedom of sub-cultural expressiveness. It is not
just satire, but the style is new, especially the articles in
Maltese, which sound rash and abrasive, but which are in fact
a new way of writing in Maltese. We give space to readers' views
and we let them express their feelings without censor. This is
a true depiction of reality.
"There has been a marked difference in the language used
by readers. Initially it was worse, but gradually many began to
lessen bad language and introduce solid arguments. That's a good
sign for it shows that people learn to reform themselves without
the State dictating how they should go about doing so."
He says that the website has no ideological centre, calling
it a free platform, and that is why it also featured Nazi sympathiser
"Lowell was banned from the mainstream media and we feel
that this is not just. Society has a right to be informed of the
views that exist.
"Otherwise, we don't agree with much of what Lowell says
and it takes courage on our side to publish his views, especially
when it goes contrary to ours in relation to civil liberties and
freedom. We hope to balance any such views."
MaltaToday also asked Kevin Ellul Bonici why the attraction
with former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff.
"With Mintoff it was different. Mintoff is largely misunderstood
and we cannot stomach people like Lou Bondi, with a very false
perception of the evolving EU, to rubbish this statesman the way
they did. We would also have published pro-EU articles had we
received any, but unfortunately people just comment and fail to
submit articles, not realising that this is a platform for everyone.
The criteria for publishing is quality not colour."