07 February 2013

Remembering John A Mizzi

This week Malta lost one of  its dedicated authors and journalists,  Mr John A Mizzi, who passed away at the age of 86.

Mizzi was known for his lifelong commitment towards journalism, both in Malta and also for leading newspapers and broacasting agencies in the United Kingdom and the United States.
At 15, in 1940 he was the youngest reporter from the front-line battle chronicling the day to day incidents of Malta under aerial siege in British publications.

In Malta he was news editor of the Times of Malta and frequently acting editor of both the Times of Malta and the Sunday Times of Malta. He was also correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, Independent Television News, British United Press, Religious News Services and a contributor to various media in the United Kingdom and the United States.

He has compiled various television documentaries on the United States and several European countries, notably the Soviet Union, and collaborated in documentaries shown on the BBC and Granada.

He was also the leader of the St Aloyisus Scout Group. He was involved in the revival of scouting in Russia and holds the highest decoration of the Russian Union of Scouts, the Bronze Beaver. He holds other decorations such as the Silver Acorn.

Throughout his life he wrote various books, notably Gallipoli – The Malta Connection; Scouting in Malta, Operation Pedestal, Antonio Muscat Fenech, Ġurnalista Pijunier tal-Ilsien Malti and Massacre in Malta, together with a series of books entitled Malta at War. Full list of his publications can be found here: http://www.bdlbooks.com/search/most-popular.html?searchphrase=all&searchword=john+a+mizzi&view=search.

Photo source: https://www.wiseowlmalta.com/authors/johnmizzi.jpg
Throughout his life he received many awards, amongst which, Ġieħ ir-Repubblika.

SAS Malta would like to give condolences to his family.

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