Il Cartaginese

Il Cartaginese was a newspaper published in the British protectorate of Malta between 1804 and 1805.[1] At the time of its issue, it was the only periodical publication in Malta. Il Cartaginese was preceded by L'Argo (1804) and it was succeeded by the Giornale di Malta (1812–1813).[2]

First edition of Il Cartaginese, dated 30 March 1804

The newspaper was edited by Vittorio Barzoni and Gavino Bonavita, and it focused on foreign news.[3] Its publication was controlled by the government, and it contained anti-French propaganda.[4] The newspaper was usually eight pages long and it sometimes had a supplement. A total of 15 issues were made, each having a circulation of between 400 and 1000 copies.[3] The newspaper was not successful, possibly due to poor literacy levels.[4]

Copies of the publication are now preserved at the National Library of Malta.[2]


  1. ^ Grima, Joseph F. (14 July 2019). "It happened this month: The publication of Malta's first newspaper". Times of Malta. Archived from the original on 27 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Collections". Malta Libraries. Ministry for Education. Archived from the original on 10 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Zammit, William (1994). "Printing in Malta during the British Protectorate". In Schirò, Joseph; Sørensen, Sven; Xuereb, Paul (eds.). Liber amicorum: Essays on art, history, cartography, and bibliography in honour of Dr. Albert Ganado (PDF). Msida: Malta University Library. pp. 89–98. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b Hough, Barry; Davis, Howard; Davis, Lydia (2010). Coleridge's Laws: A Study of Coleridge in Malta. Open Book Publishers. p. 155. ISBN 9781906924126.