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James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, and one of the newspaper's main political analysts. Apart from blogging regularly on politics, James Debono won the IGM national press awards' environmental reporter of the year in 2011 for his report showing how a beverage company that extracted over 51,000 of cubic metres of water every year from the national water table for free, was awarded an environmental award by the University of Malta. Debono also heads Mediatoday's survey unit, which has conducted polls on all electoral appointments since 2008, correctly predicting the outcome of all elections and the 2011 divorce referendum.

He read history and obtained his Masters' degree from the University of Malta, and in the past worked for TV production house Where's Everybody before joining MaltaToday in 2005. A co-founder of Moviment Graffitti and active in Moviment ghall-Ambjent, he served as a media officer for Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party. James is married and has a son. His interests include listening to music and reading.
[ANALYSIS] Keeping Konrad against all odds?
National 08:30

How can a Prime Minister afford to retain a minister whose secret company in a tax haven looks like ‘a textbook case of money laundering’ according to PANA committee MEPs from across the political spectrum? James Debono asks a year after the Panama scandal rocked Malta

[ANALYSIS] In 2018, a Labour landslide or a PN rebound are outcomes still in play
National 24-02

Discerning voters face a hard choice in the next election: avoiding a dangerous Labour landslide or denying the PN the blank cheque of a premature re-entry to Castille. Will voters confirm or defy past electoral cycles in next year’s election?

PA appeals tribunal reverses decision that twice refused illegal Dwejra boathouse
Townscapes 24-02

The tribunal justified regularising the boathouse by arguing that the Dwejra Action Plan approved in November 2005 envisioned the regularisation

Environment and Resources Authority ignored on Kalanka development
Townscapes 24-02

The Environment and Resources Authority had denounced that garigue in the area of illegally developed structures had already been covered by soil, before they were approved to be converted into an agricultural store

Three ways new planning polices made Malta’s countryside ripe for plunder
Townscapes 23-02

Nationalist MP Toni Bezzina’s application to build a country home outside development zones reopens the Pandora’s box of policies Labour devised to allow more rural construction. James Debono explains how

Non-EU nationals plant roots in Sliema and Msida
Data & Surveys 22-02

Foreign residents from outside the European Union account for one in every five people living in Msida and Sliema

MaltaToday Survey | Two in every three dislike Trump. That’s huge!
Data & Surveys 20-02

MaltaToday Survey finds that more Labour voters are likely to be keen on new US President... sad.

Illegal boathouses can be legalized through rural policy
Townscapes 20-02

Planning Authority regularise illegal boathouse in Bahar ic-Caghaq by invoking the rural policy guidelines in 2014, which effectively regularise any structure constructed before 1978.

Marsaskala stables and vet office set for approval
Townscapes 17-02

Eight stables, a paddock, a vet office and a storage office located in Marsaskala’s Munxar area are set for approval after gaining the favourable recommendation of the case officer

[WATCH] Architectural firm proposes replacing towns’ state schools with public spaces
Townscapes 17-02

Maniera Group has proposed demolishing existing schools in town centres and relocating them outside development boundaries

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