Corruption kills more people than wars – Matthew Caruana Galizia

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‘Those investigating corruption in a mafia country like Malta place their lives in much more danger than those covering war,’ Matthew Caruana Galizia said in an interview. He added that a ‘journalist is very much alone’.

Caruana Galizia was in Madrid for an event during which Reporters Without Borders presented their annual worldwide round up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists. More journalists were killed in countries which are deemed to be at peace in 2019, than those covering war. 49 journalists were killed in 2019.

Daphne Caruana Galizia (53) was killed on 16 October 2017. Caruana Galizia was assassinated in a car bomb outside her family home. Her three sons left the country after her assassination, however, Matthew Caruana Galizia explained that about a year ago he decided to return to the island to continue the fight for justice for his mother.

Some progress was made into Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation over the past weeks sparking the resignation of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced that he would step down in January after 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech was arraigned in court.

Matthew Caruana Galizia while acknowledging that Muscat’s resignation is a step in the right direction he asserted that it was not enough. He explained that Muscat should step down immediately, he added that with each day that Muscat passes in office, was another day taken away from justice. Caruana Galizia spoke about ‘radical changes’ in the appointment of the judiciary. ‘Malta needs to start viewing corruption as an offence, and those caught committing such an offence should be prosecuted,’ Caruana Galizia explained.

“When my mother uncovered corruption, the institutions did not take any action,” Caruana Galizia said, he added that this left her alone and endangered her life further. The son of the slain journalist explained that this left people thinking that by killing his mother, they would have solved their problems.

Speaking about his mother’s assassination, Matthew Caruana Galizia remarked that Muscat himself facilitated it. He added that had the institutions fulfilled their duties and had the investigations been carried out, and people arraigned, maybe his mother would still be alive today.

Speaking about upcoming Partit Laburista leadership election, Caruana Galizia stressed that ‘Malta is a mafia state’, explaining that there was a need for a real change including a change in the country’s culture which facilitated organised crime. Caruana Galizia said that he believes that the two contestants did not seem ready to take on such a challenge.

Caruana Galizia also spoke of the Opposition, describing it as ‘nonexistent’. He remarked that the Opposition had a similar problem to the ruling party, a party leader facing allegations.