Former journalist files second libel suit against Balzan

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Former journalist Ivan Camilleri has filed another libel suit against Media Today managing director Saviour Balzan for publishing an article that claimed he tipped off Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech.

Camilleri had already filed another libel suit against Balzan in February over an article penned by Balzan and published last December titled Times sacks Ivan Camilleri after alleged tip-off to Yorgen Fenech mentioned in court.

In his second libel suit against Media Today, concerns an article published last December on www.illum.com.mt title Ivan Camilleri fired from The Times after allegedly contacting Yorgen Fenech [Ivan Camilleri jitkecca mit-Times wara li allegatament ghamel kuntatt ma’ Yorgen Fenech]

The story was published with a prominent photo of Camilleri and stated that he was mentioned in court in connection to Fenech’s case.

Camilleri pointed out that he had categorically denied these allegations and said that he never discussed anything remotely connected to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia with Fenech.

“The article makes incorrect claims and implicated discussions with Fenech that never took place,” Camilleri said.

The former journalist called on the court to declare the article was defamatory and libelous and award him the maximum amount of damages permitted by law.

In his statement, Camilleri said that he had already filed a separate libel suits which led him to lose his job. Last week he filed a judicial protest against Allied Newspaper and the Times of Malta, claiming wrongful dismissal and seeking a compensation after he was fired in December.

Allied Newspapers then issued a statement saying that it was going to file a libel case against Camilleri saying that his statements to the media were “untrue and libelous”.