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Malta: Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination: a cautious welcome for the public enquiry

 

International organisations cautiously welcome improved terms of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

We, the undersigned organisations, cautiously welcome today’s announcement by the Maltese Government that they will update terms of reference and the composition of the Board of Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. This is a long overdue step towards ensuring justice and ending impunity in Daphne’s case and, more broadly, the protection of journalists in Malta.

Our organisations, alongside the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, have long called for an independent, impartial and effective public inquiry into her assassination, which took place by a car bomb outside her home in Malta on 16 October 2017. We have been dismayed by the repeated delays and obstructionism of the Maltese Government in establishing a public inquiry that is fully compliant with Malta’s obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also of deep concern that a bereaved family has had to mount a two-year advocacy campaign and prepare to litigate against their own government to fulfil its legal obligations to ensure justice for Daphne.

We will now closely monitor the progress of the Board of Inquiry; it must have the full support and cooperation of the Maltese Government, and it must proceed without further delay and with full resources to ensure that the whole truth emerges concerning the circumstances of the assassination of Malta’s foremost journalist. Lessons must be learnt and implemented by the Maltese Government in order to fulfil their obligations to protect all other journalists in Malta continuing to pursue public interest investigative reporting, who remain at risk. 

Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia, at ARTICLE 19 commented on the development: “The Maltese Government have today finally revised the terms of the public inquiry into Daphne’s assassination to make it fully independent, impartial and effective.  This should never have taken two years.  The international community will be closely monitoring the Maltese Government’s compliance with the public inquiry and expect lessons learned to be  implemented in a timely manner. Without this, journalists in Malta remain at serious risk.”

 

Signed by

ARTICLE 19 

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

IFEX

International Press Institute (IPI)

PEN America

PEN International 

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Scottish PEN

 

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