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.

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Offices or supermarkets? Supermarket is being proposed on land zoned for office...
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The Planning Authority has approved the extension of a car park for the Smart...
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Bernard Grech is seeking a strong mandate from party councillors in a one man...
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Heritage Malta is objecting to a five-storey development proposed in close...
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One in four teens experience cyberbullying, 30% admit instigating bullying,...
Illegal Marsaxlokk demolition, a €50,000 fine later... five-storey guesthouse plans
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A five-storey guesthouse is being proposed in between two protected two-storey...
Veċċja caves threatened by nine-storey hotel
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ERA insists on guarantees that Veċċja hotel will not require invasive works...
52% of Maltese young people say they shun activism
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Maltese young people third least likely in EU to participate in sports,...
Students with exam assistance for ADHD, dyslexia reaches all-time high
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Boys twice as likely as girls to request O-level exam arrangements, with 19%...
Ministers deny discussions with Mgarr solar farm proponents
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Solar farm proponents requested PA to postpone decision as they intended to...
Nationalist Party registered €607,279 deficit in 2019
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Party contribution to keep Media.Link afloat increased from €13.4 million...
Birzebbuga objects to quarry outside €4 million park
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Quarry proposed 600 metres away from Bengħajsa family park approved in 2021
Party financing: Labour, PN fail to declare single donor in MEP election year
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Parties have clearly found a way around party financing laws: they are...
Naxxar’s minority leader behind care home invading Għargħur countryside
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Care home instead of disused livestock farm in Għargħur-Naxxar countryside to...
Malta in talks to test pesticide products abroad
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Farmers denounce ‘unfair comparisons’ over illegal pesticides,...
61% of Maltese believe taking COVID vaccine still a civic duty
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Support for mandatory vaccination in Malta falls from 52% to 45% after...
Excelsior extension set to ‘pronounce hotel’ against fortifications
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Superintendence for Cultural Heritage gives blessing to hotel extension after...
Mayor refuses to name ‘fat cat’ and unelected official for PN investigation
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St Julian’s Mayor Albert Buttigieg has alleged that his electoral...
Three-block Xgħajra project turned into mega 13-storey block
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Small changes in mega-development in one of Malta’s smallest seaside...
88-apartment Portelli block set for approval in Balzan
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Development proposed by a business partner of Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli...