“Freedom of the press is sacrosanct” – Timmermans

State of the Union 2018 - statement by Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC

In reply to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans wrote in a tweet that European must be a place where freedom of the press is sacrosanct.

Earlier Juncker had said that there is no democracy if there was no freedom of the press. Timmermans made reference to the fact that many European journalists had intimidated, attacked or even murdered.

He also referred to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in his tweet, by using the hashtag #JusticeForDaphne.

Timmermans reiterated that more must be done to protect democracy and the free and fair press, describing the latter as the agents of democracy.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in a car bomb on Monday 16 October. In February Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kušnírová were assassinated.