60 journalists demanding who killed Daphne

Ahead of the 16 October which will mark the day in which Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated, sixty Italian journalists signed a declaration demanding the truth behind her assassination.

The declaration starts off by saying that Europe is no longer safe for journalists. The initiative was launched by Maria Grazia Mazzola (Special correspondent, Rai Tg1, Romolo Sticchi (special correspondent Tg3) and 58 other journalists including Carlo Bonini (investigative journalist, La Repubblica).

In a press conference at noon on Friday addressed by Maria Grazia Mazzola, Carlo Bonini, journalist and blogger Manuel Delia, and other journalists which was organised by Associazione Stampa Romana.

Mazzola spoke of a document which would address the Maltese Government demanding answers to questions posed by the journalists, while she spoke of writing to the European Union demanding action against the Maltese Government. Mazzola said that it was time to take proper concrete action. Mazzola also read out parts of Daphne’s blog. The document would consist of ten questions and a document to the EU.

The Italian journalist Carlo Bonini who is also a journalist in the consortium of journalists in The Daphne Project. He spoke of the recent revelations on the Economy Minister Chris Cardona, saying while the presence of Cardona with one of the suspected killers was only circumstantial, it was interesting to note how Cardona changed his version.

The journalist noted how Cardona went from saying denying knowing the suspect to a maybe to a maybe because he was a criminal lawyer to maybe because he could not have excluded the possibility of having met him in person during public events. Bonini said that a year later, it felt like reading a joke, given that two key figures in the government referring to Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri were still put despite having had offshore companies in Panama. Bonini also spoke of the Egrant inquiry report pointing out how the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had a copy of the report however this was not available to the national public domain, international public domain and not even to Maltese Parliament. Bonini observed how the Egrant inquiry report was being used by Muscat and his party to their advantage and to further advance spin in the public sphere.

Journalist and blogger Manuel Delia who addressed those present described Daphne Caruana Galizia as an extremely competent journalist who documented crime in Malta and outside, and the impunity with which people in power continued to persists. Delia quoted The Shift investigations into online trolling on how disinformation is spread in Malta. Delia briefly explained the situation in Malta.

During the press conference a fund was also launched to help independent journalists Manuel Delia and Caroline Muscat.