Daphne’s assassination: Government agrees with call for justice

The Government agrees with the journalists’ call for justice after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The journalists were in Malta for the past two days to investigate the freedom and privacy of the media, particularly related to the Daphne’s murder. 

The Government agrees with the international organisations that the free press is crucial and a sine qua non in a democracy and the Government is fully committed to keep strengthening freedom of expression in Malta.

This was evidenced with the recent promulgation of the new Media and Defamation Act which is one of the most progressive legislation in Europe and outside the continent as it did not only strike off criminal libel in whatever form from our law books, but also implemented a wide array of reforms which increased journalistic freedoms.

Despite the various agreements, the Government failed to mention the call by the same organisations  for a public inquiry regarding Daphne’s murder. Earlier today, the organisations issued a call for a public inquiry which should include public hearing evidence and family involvement in the inquiry process.
The Government statement was published as a response to the conclusions presented by the six non-governmental organisations including PEN International, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and European Federation of Journalists.