The Index on Censorship is calling on other European countries to pressure the Maltese government that the public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death, ‘must be independent.’
They criticise the serious problems of impartiality and independence surrounding the public inquiry, supporting the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s position that it, ‘does not meet the expectations.’
They add that they are disappointed that it has been nearly two years with her murder still unsolved and that 30 of 40 libel cases brought against Caruana Galizia, continue to be levelled against her family.
‘It is appalling that Daphne Caruana Galizia’s brutal murder remains unsolved after two years and that the government of Malta has only now established an inquiry, and that it has done so in a way that raises serious questions about the independence of that inquiry. Index urges other European countries to make it clear to Malta that the inquiry must be independent,’ Index on Censorship’s Joy Hyvarinen said.
The organisation’s comments not long after the Maltese government announced the formation of the public inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s murder, an inquiry that critics have called ham-strung and led by people with connections to other aspects of the criminal investigations.
PACE’s rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt, the person which promoted the investigation, recently criticised the investigation not only its clear independence issues, but also because of key issues surrounding the judicial elements that should be bringing the inquiry together and possible fallout for figures named by the journalist.