James
Debono

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] Is the PN’s living income a repeat of Muscat’s living wage pledge?
National
By focusing on low wages the PN addresses a crucial bread and butter issue...
Luqa mosque’s gold-cladded dome could disturb airplanes
Townscapes
Transport Malta ‘strongly objects’ to mosque in Luqa due to impact...
Green NGOs tell MEPs that Malta pipeline funding should be refused
Ewropej
Greenpace, Friends of the Earth want EU funding to be limited to renewable...
Up for grabs: 7,000 square kilometre Malta seabed identified for energy projects and artificial islands
National
Concessions to be awarded to private companies in tendering procedure with...
Tuna magnate withdraws Birzebbuga nine-storey hotel plan
Townscapes
After refusal recommendation, Charles Azzopardi withdraws plan to add two...
Illegal Bahrija gate exposes Malta’s enforcement sham
Townscapes
Changes to planning laws in 2015 allow owners to delay enforcement by first...
Environmental culprits to get petition rights on fines
Townscapes
Maximum daily €150 penalty for environmental offences in protected areas...
[ANALYSIS] Abela’s logic: When fighting the mafia turns you into a ‘mafia state’
National
It’s not laws against collusion between state, organised crime and...
Historical Ottoman cemetery spared of industrial garage development
Townscapes
Planning Authority rejects industrial garage complex over impact on adjacent...
BirdLife hits out at ‘moral crime’ after ERA endorses Marsaxlokk garden offices
Townscapes
Birdlife Malta describes the Environment and Resources Authority’s...
Muscat’s leverage: spectre of a comeback that haunts Abela
National
The promise of ‘noise’ from a Joseph Muscat placed under the lens...
High-rise on St George’s Bay: 35-storey tower on Villa Rosa
Townscapes
Local plan had limited heights to seven floors in area near Bay Street, now...
Hal Far racetrack consultants advise government to relocate refugees due to noise pollution
Townscapes
Racetrack abuts on refugee centre, with preliminary studies indicating noise...
COVID deaths may have been 'underestimated'
National
Excess deaths over and above pre-pandemic averages being analysed in depth by...
Second mosque in Luqa estate, ‘bands’ area moves to Marsa
Townscapes
Islamic organisation granted land in Luqa industrial estate to vacate Ospizio...
ERA go-ahead for Marsaxlokk council offices
Townscapes
ERA gives go-ahead for Marsaxlokk council offices earmarked inside school garden
Refusal recomended for nine-storey Birzebbugia hotel
Townscapes
​The Planning Authority’s case officer is calling on the PA’s...
Portelli behind major Birkirkara development on GO exchange
Townscapes
Another major commercial and residential development is in the pipeline on the...
Malta has third lowest death rate from preventable diseases
National
But deaths from diabetes and ischaemic heart disease higher than in EU average...
Shanghai Electric hints at plans for Marsa power station site
Townscapes
Ideas being considered for power station site include commercial centre,...