Konrad Mizzi on set during the filming of Thugs of Hindostan
Tourism minister Konrad Mizzi has found himself at the receiving end of criticism for tweeting about a Bollywood film which was recently filmed in Malta.
In normal circumstances, his tweet would hardly be unusual; indeed, Thugs of Hindostan was the first ever Bollywood production to have been filmed on the island. However, the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has resurfaced scandals of the Labour government which had largely been sidelined by the media since the June election.
— Konrad Mizzi (@KonradMizzi) October 20, 2017
And using the hashtags #failedstate, #shameless, #daphnecaruanagalizia and #PanamaPapers, critics are making sure to remind people of Mizzi’s role in the Panama Papers scandal.
Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola also had some strong words to say, accusing Mizzi of dragging Malta to the pits and warning him the Panama Papers scandal will not be forgotten.
Here’s the only Minister in the EU to be exposed by #PanamaPapers
You dragged a once proud nation to the pits.
We will not forget Minister https://t.co/bTVevfe5Dv
— Roberta Metsola MEP (@RobertaMetsola) October 20, 2017
Caruana Galizia had exposed Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri as having owned offshore companies a month before the Panama Papers scandal broke worldwide.
Mizzi had long been one of Caruana Galizia’s favorite punching bags and, apart from the Panama Papers scandal, had notably once accused him of having an affair with his communications advisor.
Since her murder on Monday, Mizzi has not publicly offered his condolences apart from sharing a Facebook status by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.