Between 14 and 16 October, representatives of ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will visit Malta to meet with members of the Maltese Government, civil society representatives, journalists, and other key stakeholders.
The mission takes place four years after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia on 16 October 2017. Despite modest progress in some areas, the ongoing impunity for the brutal murder and broader systemic failings continue to negatively impact Malta’s press freedom climate. The urgent need for justice and accountability for Caruana Galizia’s assassination will feature prominently throughout the mission’s conversations, including a call to establish an Independent Commission of Experts to implement the recommendations of the public inquiry into her assassination.
In addition, the mission will also focus on more recent attacks on journalists and media workers and ongoing concerns about journalists’ safety, as well as the need for improved legislative measures to protect journalists and others against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).
To this end, the delegation will meet with:
- Prime Minister Robert Abela;
- Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa, Deputy Commissioners Alexandra Mamo and Ramon Mercieca and Director-General Stefania Sgandurra;
- Members of the diplomatic community and representatives of the European Commission; and,
- Maltese journalists, media workers and civil society organisations.
They will also visit the Valletta protest memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia and participate in the silent gathering in Bidnija and the vigil in Great Siege Square on 16 October.
For press inquiries and interviews, please contact the delegation spokespersons:
Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE 19
[email protected] or +44 7575 030028
Tom Gibson, EU Representative, Committee to Protect Journalists
[email protected] or +32 492 10 57 24
Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists
[email protected] or +32 473 568 508
Flutura Kusari, Legal Advisor, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
[email protected] or +49 175 457 02 20
Rebecca Vincent, Director of International Campaigns, Reporters Without Borders
[email protected] or +44 7583 137751