The Malta Independent 1 March 2021, Monday

Former Times journalist denies being paid €10,000 by Yorgen Fenech to run story

Sunday, 21 February 2021, 13:26 Last update: about 7 days ago

Former Times of Malta journalist Ivan Camilleri has denied being paid by alleged Daphne Caruana Galizia murder mastermind Yorgen Fenech to run a story for a Castille high-up in January 2019.

Camilleri was reacting through his lawyer Peter Fenech to a story carried by the Illum which claimed that Yorgen Fenech was asked by someone high up in the office of the Prime Minister to get a story published in the Times of Malta or the Malta Independent, to which Fenech replied that he had paid 10,000 to a journalist by the name of Ivan for this very purpose.

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At the time, the Times of Malta employed two journalists by the name of Ivan: Ivan Camilleri and Ivan Martin.  Camilleri was sacked by the Times the day after Inspector Keith Arnaud had testified in court that an “Ivan mit-Times” (Ivan from the Times) had tipped Fenech off about his impending arrest.

Ivan Martin has denied ever communicating with Fenech at any time close to his arrest, and in a social media post on Sunday he said that he had first spoken to Fenech four months after the report states that Fenech spoke of them €10,000 payment when he asked for comments on a developing story.

In response to the story, Camilleri declared that he had never been asked by Yorgen Fenech to publish anything about anyone, and that he had never been offered a single euro from Fenech or anyone else for a story in the past 30 years.

Camilleri reiterated that he had never given any information or indication of anything to Fenech or any other person during his journalistic career, and reminded that this insinuation had led to Camilleri opening libel proceedings against Illum and its sister newspaper Malta Today.

He said that he never spoke to Keith Schembri at OPM neither personally nor through any means of communication , and that he never stoke anything from anywhere – adding that he believes that in the near future when the aforementioned libel case will be concluded, the full truth will be confirmed.

 

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