The Malta Independent 15 April 2021, Thursday

Yorgen Fenech's Whatsapp chats feature in defamation case filed by former journalist

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 18:24 Last update: about 3 months ago

Investigator in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder Keith Arnaud told a court that Yorgen Fenech had sent his uncle a whatsapp text on the eve of his arrest, which read that a Times of Malta employee had tipped him off on the newspaper's activity in the Portomaso marina.

Arnaud was testifying in defamation case that was filed by Ivan Camilleri, a former journalist with the Times of Malta, against MaltaToday, over a deport regarding his dismissal from the news organisation. The MaltaToday report was titled: "Times sacks Ivan Camilleri after alleged tip-off to Yorgen Fenech mentioned in court.”


Arnaud read out Whatsapp texts, and said Yorgen told his uncle that The Times were at the Portomaso Marina. Another text from Yorgen to Ray read that 'Ivan' had told him this as he was in the newsroom and overheard them talking about it. Yet anothert text to Ray Fenech read that the Times had a tip-off from someone in the apartments in the area.

Arnaud, when asked whether he knows how many Ivans work at the Times, said he knew of two at the time, Ivan Camilleri and Ivan Martin.

Former Times of Malta Editor Ray Bugeja also took the stand and said that he had never received reports alleging that Camilleri received payments for writing stories.

Questions moved onto another article published by Savior Balzan, which read tat Camilleri's articles should be scrutinized by his former employers while also alleging that stories stemmed from "cosy relationships with vested business interests," and there other motives were at heart.

Bugeja, faced with said text, said he didn't know what Balzan had in mind but argued that the newspaper took such matters seriously, and mentioned the ongoing case of alleged bribery by two of Fenech's lawyers, where they allegedly tried to bribe journalist Ivan Martin. Martin had reported the situation to his editors.



  • don't miss