‘3 years after her assassination, still no justice’

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

19 international organisations working against corruption have once again demanded an end to impunity for the muder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

As alleged murder mastermind, Yorgen Fenech, is facing criminal proceedings and the three defendants charged with carrying out the contract killing; Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat, are awaiting trial, they recall that justice delayed is justice denied.

The organisations have called for thorough and effective criminal investigations and prosecutions to ensure that the whole truth is uncovered and all those responsible for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder are held to account in court.

It was also noted how to date the public inquiry has uncovered extensive failures of the state and its entities to protect the life of Daphne Caruana Galizia and a pattern of intimidation and harassment of her and her family, as well as other independent journalists, steered from the highest levels of government.

“For the public inquiry to be effective, the Board of Inquiry must be allowed to continue to independently fulfil its Terms of Reference. In this regard, we have been gravely concerned by Prime Minister Robert Abela’s attempt to impose a time limit, unduly interfering with the fair and effective fulfilment of the Board of Inquiry’s task,” stated the 19 organisations.

It was also mentioned how Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote that people suing her for libel were doing so “as an intimidation strategy as they retreat under siege” and that it is unacceptable that three years after her death, her family must continue to fight these Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) brought against her by former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his wife Michelle, former Minister Konrad Mizzi and his wife Sai Mizzi Liang, amongst others.

The 19 organistation stated that they will continue their campaigning and joint advocacy until there is full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The statement was signed by ARTICLE 19, Civil Society Europe, Committee to Protect Journalists European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), IFEX, Index on Censorship, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Media Support (IMS), International Press Institute (IPI), Justice and Environment, Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT), PEN America, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Scottish PEN and Transparency International EU.

“The fight is not over” – Pieter Omtzigt

“Another year has passed, the third, and still there is no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia,” declared Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt and the Council of Europe’s rapporteur on the assassination and on rule of law in Malta, in a statement to mark the third anniversary of her death.

Omtzigt said that although magisterial inquiries into Daphne’s reports on high-level corruption continue to lead nowhere after 3 and a half years, the Prime Minister, Robert Abela, is trying to shut down the independent public inquiry into her assassination after only a year. He noted how this inquiry has made remarkable progress in casting official, public light on the wider circumstances surrounding Daphne’s death.

 “My thoughts are with Daphne’s family on this sad day. Three years have passed but we have not forgotten and we will not forget. The fight is not over,” concluded Pieter Omtzigt.