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.

Giant snail farm proposed in solar greenhouses in Naxxar
Townscapes
A snail farm is being proposed in greenhouses on a 10,400sq.m plot along Triq...
Planning Authority shoots down Fgura open space development
Townscapes
Planning Authority refuses zoning application by the Bilom Group to...
Illegal Hugo’s burger kiosk ‘service to workers’ says owner
Townscapes
The CEO of Hugo’s hospitality and food chain is appealing a second...
PA approves extension of southern Għadira beach
Townscapes
Extension limited to part of southern beach abutting on rocky area...
Mġarr residents protest giant solar farm that splits town ‘with massive village of glass’
Townscapes
Mġarr solar farm equal in size to seven football grounds, residents protest...
Economic growth fails to reduce holiday inequality over past decade
National
Holiday inequality lower in Malta than in most EU countries, but gap of...
Thank you Yorgen, grazzi ġaħan... no fix for the broken republic
National
As amply demonstrated in the billboard tit-for-tat, Labour still banks on...
Botched 1990 police appeal paved way for ‘legalisation’ of Garden of Eden in Zurrieq
Townscapes
Documents submitted to prove the legality of existing structures at the Zurrieq...
Five-storey apartments proposed instead of Birgu barn
Townscapes
Superintendence concerned by “extreme intensity” of proposed...
Dizz gets permit for tables and chairs in Gzira tower’s public open space
Townscapes
Environment and Planning Tribunal clears permit for chairs and tables in roofed...
PA set to approve cul-de-sac to service new villas in Mellieħa woodland
Townscapes
Woodland earmarked for residential development in local plan had been...
Marine conservation plan foresees 50-hectare fish revival area
Environment
Zone where fishing is restricted set to stretch over area greater than 70 to 80...
Ċaqnu’s supermarket: PA appeals against compensation to former owners
Townscapes
The Planning Authority has appealed a court judgment awarding €331,295 in...
[ANALYSIS] Abela’s tight-rope walk on the Caruana Galizia public inquiry
National
Abela walks a tight-rope to ditch the albatross around his neck, while Grech...
Sliema council and residents oppose 16-storey hotel on narrow alleyway
Townscapes
Residents express anguish at having endured constant building works for the...
Caruana Galizia inquiry board proposes police unit to protect journalists
National
Constitutional amendments should recognise journalism as pillar of democracy...
Crematorium proposed near Addolorata cemetery
National
A crematorium has been proposed once again on a 7,638sq.m plot of agricultural...
Pipeline plans: Malta studying ‘availability’ of hydrogen from Sicily
National
ENI’s plans for a pilot project for ‘green hydrogen’ in Gela...
[ANALYSIS] A peg on the nose or freedom to dream?
National
If you are angry at Labour’s pact with big business, sleaze and...
Kalkara buffer earmarked for 10-villa development project
Townscapes
Villas proposed instead of cluster of roofless buildings on plot currently...