PM doesn’t meet with hunger striker after discovering his past porn career

TV presenter Peppi Azzopardi convinced Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi to meet up with hunger striker Emanuel Cini, who is calling for Transport Minister's Austin Gatt resignation.

Sister newspaper Illum reports how Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi cancelled a meeting with hunger strike Emanuel Cini after discovering that he had been a gay porn star up to a few years ago.

Xarabank Presenter Peppi Azzopardi had known about Cini's porn history and had wanted him to appear on one of Xarabank's programmes about two years ago - a request which Cini never accepted. Whilst Azzopardi advised Gonzi to visit the hunger striker, he had omitted mentioning Cini's past.

Cini has worked in the hardcore gay porn industry under the name of 'Manu Maltese'. He did 12 films in all, 11 of which with his partner at the time, Edu Boxer, also a porn star. Cini also modelled for male erotic magazines and calendars.

Read the story and exclusive interview with Cini about his past in Illum’s digital edition

More in National
avatar
what a hyprocite emmanuel cini! Minjaf kem hassejtek importanti meta gi jkelmek gonzi, uuuuuuuuzgur int ghalek ghamilt dil kummidja kollha - ghal attenzjoni. Ghax wara kollox austin gatt hemm ghadu u int ma semmejtx kelmtek. Fqajtu il grupp fuq facebook ta kontra id divorzja tghid kontra il PN u fuq kollox kontra Gonzi, qazzistna! U issa tilqghu go darek u tehodlu bidu qisu xejn mu xejn?? u toqod tiftahar bl ittra ukoll! unbelieavable!!!!!!!
avatar
I TOLD YOU ALL THAT THIS STORY WAS WRONG AND UNCONFIRMED HEARSAY...NEVER CONFIRMED BY ME. THIS IS THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER!! Dear Mr. Cini. Thank you for your email dated 23rd July. Thank you also for the opportunity to meet with you this evening and to discuss your concerns regarding the new bus routes announced as a result of the Public Transport Reform. I have personally apologised for the fact that this reform has so far failed to achieve the high standard of service which I and my government expect as a result of the agreements that had been negotiated with the operator. More importantly, I confirm my government’s determination to address the public’s complaints and to deliver a reformed Public Transport system that achieves European standards both environmentally and operationally. I take this opportunity to send you my best regards. Lawrence Gonzi
avatar
Jon Sciberras
Ah how predictable, its obvious Dafni the Knight of Gustizzja (spelt wrong on purpose) was put up to the task. She is the "finder of hmieg" and she will sniff it out and regurgitate it on her foul website for blogging. How remarkable. I wonder how much she is paid from taxes. 1+1=3 !
avatar
hu x'inhu il passat ta dan ir ragel m'ghandux ikun iggudikat ghax ma kiser lebda ligi maltija u wisq inaqs li il PM ma jiltaqax mieghu minhabba il passat tieghu. il bierah il quddiesa tal hadd fuq TVM ixxandret min gol HABS allura bl istess ragunar setat ma xandritx din il quddiesa min gol HABS jew inkella l-eccelenza tieghu il president ta malta Dr.George Abela u l isqof setaw ma marux lanqas izuru l habsin ghax kienu kriminali dan mhux ragunar. issa l PM rega naqas li hassar l-appuntament tieghu min ma Emmanuel Cini forsi Peppi Azzopardi jincovicih biex immur jew le
avatar
Really Briffy it is a rather poor understanding of basic Catholic teaching and he is after all a Maltese Prime Minister who swears by his Catholic conviction. Universality is a basic Catholic tenet and inclusion is a basic social right which Dr, Gonzi as chairman of the KNPD (1987-1994) used to loudly proclaim he believed in wholeheartedly. The other basic Catholic tenet Social Justice demands it. It seems it's a case of a la carte choice not just with Catholic tenets but inclusion too.
avatar
@briffy; Yes true...not publicly at least. Bunga Bunga
avatar
@emanuel L-ewwelnett, issa ghalxejn ha toqghod tibki il-mejjet; issa la krejtha oqghod ghaliha... Meta ddecidejt li taghmel dan l-istrajk u harget fil-pubbliku, sirt il-mira tal-media u ma tistax tippretendi li qlajjiet u informazzjoni personali ma johorgux fil-pubbliku! It-tieni, nghidlek li dak li qed taghmel huwa kollu ta'xejn, u kollox qed jaqa' fuq widnejn torox... Inti tahseb li wara tant xoghol u flejjes (irrelevanti s-sistema hux tajba jew le) se nergaw nigu lura kif konna??!!?!?!?!!!?!... Ohlom! It-tielet: ahna x'garanzija ghandna li int vera qed taghmlu dan l-istrajk... Bejn dak li naraw quddiem il-kamera ( +dak li jintqal fil-media) u dak li int vera taghmelnfil-hajja privata tieghek hemm bahar jaqsam... Ghalli nafu ahna jista' jkun li wara li rintefa il-kamera tmur tiekol u tiffanga Ir-raba nghidlek biex taghtihom cans u tippruvahom, ghax minn dak li ntqal fit-Times int qas biss pruvajtha s-sistema l-gdida! Fl-ahhar nett nghidlek li nixtieqlek kull gid, u ghalhekk nghidlek kul u tpaxxa, ghax minn hawn ghal gol-kaxxa... U jekk ma tiekolx se tmur fil-kaxxa hafna qabel, ghax qed toqtol lilek innifsek
avatar
Whoever heard of a PM visiting a pornstar? This is rich!
avatar
@monique No of course you do not get HIV from watching porn, but messing around with others (producing the porn yourself), and thus of coursehaving sex might get you infected.... Exactly as you said... And proof shows that STDs are more widely spread through anal sex, which I believe took place (although I do not honestly care what happens in these videos).
avatar
THAT WAS WHAT THEY DECIDED THEN. 3 TESTS LATER ABROAD HAVE PUT THEM WRONG. 2 TESTS IN BARCELONA -NEGATIVE BOTH 1 TEST IN MADRID-INDETERMINATE...IT'S LIKE TAKE YOUR PIC WITH HIV...STILL WHO CARE I AM FINE AND TAKE NO PILLS EXCEPT FOR FITS. HIV IS IRRELEVANT IN MY LIFE.
avatar
timesofmalta, July 6, 2009 by Christian Peregin You said that. But it is irrelevant
avatar
WHO SAYS I HAVE HIV? PROOF??
avatar
@ilmalti Don't re-write the medical history, dude. . HIV is contracted through unsafe sex with a person who is carrying the virus. Certainly not through Porn.
avatar
I AM SORRY, BUT ALL THIS INFORMATION IS UTTERLY FALSE AND WRONG. I AM ALIVE STILL IN MY 10TH DAY OF HUNGER STRIKE. TIRED AND HAVING PROBLEMS SEEING, STILL I AM ALIVE AND WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT MALTATODAY WOULD AT THE VERY LEAST HAVING ACCESS TO ME 24/ CONFIRM WITH ME DIRECTLY BEFORE DECIDING TO MAKE NEWS WHERE THERE IS NONE. WHO TOLD YOU THIS???? SOME RESPECT PLEASE!! NONE OF IT IS REMOTELY TRUE!!!! EMANUEL CINI
avatar
Porn?? No wonder he's got HIV.
avatar
Joseph Borg that's exactly what I thought! Was Gonzi afraid he'd get involved in some film? How bloody immature and very true... a-la-carte Christian indeed!
avatar
@tarxieniz1, @mariavella; You don't want to read about things like this ?...ehm..so why did you went on to read this article ?
avatar
@ Briffy The article offended your delicate sensibilities has it ? Got you reaching for the smelling salts ? Which bit did you find most uncomfortable do tell? A Prime Minister who loudly proclaims he is loath to cross his Catholic Conscience but then doesn't spare a thought to the Catholic tenets of Universality and Social Justice perhaps? Talk of an a la carte Christian Democrat Conscience! Is the guy still alive indeed! How crass can you get !
avatar
WHO CARES what his sexual orientation is or what job he did! Did he break the law? - NO So what Gonzi, you were afraid he'll hump you or something?! This is ridiculous!
avatar
I'm shocked that people would think that this article is not worth printing. The man's past has nothing to do with the reason for his hunger strike; that the PM thought it important enough to meet the man originally, and then suddenly cancels BECAUSE of the man's past is extremely relevant, because it makes one wonder... did Gonzi originally want to meet him for humanitarian reasons or for a political publicity photo op? The fact that he cancelled the meeting simply because of the man's past allows us to imagine that in fact he cares nothing about whether the man lives or dies, but ONLY about how meeting him could help or hurt his own image.
avatar
@BRIFFY XORTA TIDHOL FUQA DIN IS SITE INT XIERAQ IVVOTAJT LE MIMHABBA IL KUXJENZA
avatar
Luke Camilleri
Kif jidefinixxu "Kwalitajiet tajbin u anqas tajbin tal-l P.N." ? Zubina? Hafi? DCG?
avatar
The whole point of the story and what makes it news worthy is that it highlights our PM bigotry. He has no qualms in surrounding himself with shady characters. On the otherhand he shirks away from visiting a very sick person confined to his home due to the govt's ineptness. The reason; because he was once a porn star! I was thought that Jesus Christ had a lot of friends in sex industry of the time. Jesus had all the credentials to judge, He was God, for crying out loud! He never hudged but sought to make the sinner change his ways. Our PM would do well to revise some verses of the scriptures especially the episode of the whore caught in the act and sentenced to death by stoning. Two quotes from the Man Himself are enough. THOSE WITHOUT SIN CAN THROW THE FIRST STONE. To the whore he said GO AND SIN NO MORE. Anything I might add would be superfluous
avatar
Whilst the Bible says the good sheperd goes looking for his lost sheep our beloved, holy, conscience minding prime minister would not meet a sick man because of his sordid past. But he did not mind meeting the Pope who in his teens was a Hitler Youth, what a hypocrite
avatar
Jekk Austin gatt jirrezenja mhux lil dan il miskin jaghmel,pjacir imma lil Malta kollha inkluzi nazzjonalisti...
avatar
Maureen Attard
Stop these stupid articles from your news website please! We prefer more serious articles which we can learn more about the environment and history. Who cares what was his past. It's his and he can keep it. We don't want to read about things like this.
avatar
wow this is something i need to know! i can die in peace now. Stupid article!
avatar
Is this guy still alive? He hasn't posted any comments these last few days.
avatar
Paul Sammut
What has a person's past got to do with piety and helping those in need? Kemm hawn sammaritani! Anki il-KNPD hasel idejh.
avatar
Who cares if he was a porn-star or not, nobody cares for what he did that's up to him. The fact remains his objectives.
avatar
a bit of gutter stuff all round!!! What he did was up to him and if it wasn't illegal so be it! But now the media is trying to milk it for its own ends!!!
avatar
Gilbert Bartolo
Great ...so public broadcasting's main discussion programme is controlled and presented by the Prime Minister's PR consultant... democracy my foot, back to Dardir Malta!
avatar
why did MT remove the article on Saturday and re-posted it today?
avatar
FFS stop publishing this crap!
avatar
Would you mind stopping publishing stupid articles on this website? Thank you

Get access to the real stories first with the digital edition

Subscribe