“Malta should continue investigating Daphne’s murder” – EC

Justice Vera Jourova

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The European Commission urges the responsible Maltese authorities to continue the ongoing investigations into assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death. This was stated by the European Commissioner for Justice, Věra Jourová.

Jourovà was responding to the European Parliament’s questions which are aimed to evaluate the suitability of Commissioners-designate. In Jourovà’s case, she is being evaluated for the role of Vice-President-designate for Values and Transparency.

“The Commission has already made it clear that it expects independent and thorough investigations…until the proceedings can be brought to a satisfactory conclusion and justice is served”, answered Jourovà when asked about the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

She was also asked about the assassination of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. She described both deaths as a “stain on Europe’s democratic consciousness”, stating that she has personally raised these serious crimes with the Maltese and Slovak authorities on multiple occasions in her capacity as Justice Commissioner.

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Jourovà added that Member States remain responsible for ensuring internal security. and that the Commission cannot intervene in individual national investigations. On the other hand, she noted that the case law of the European Court of Human Rights requires Member States to ensure that there is no impunity against the perpetrators of attacks on journalists.

She explained that media freedom, including the safety of journalists, is a key pillar of democracies, next to rule of law, fundamental rights and separation of powers. “Without a free media, corruption and abuse of power can flourish unchecked”, were her words. Jourovà added that she is ready to engage with the European Parliament, the Member States, the media and other stakeholders to identify common solutions and stronger European response to threats.