The Istitut tal-Ġurnalisti Maltin (IĠM), said that the result of the court decision to dismiss the case where journalists were allegedly locked up in an office in the OPM was “a clear indication that the truth in this matter was not genuinely sought out”.
“Trolls and thugs like Neville Gafà are systematically recruited to harass journalists and sap their energy fielding threats online” stated the anti-corruption NGO Repubblika during a press conference addressed together with the Istitut Gurnalisti Maltin.
"This change is despotic, short-sighted, and an attack on freedom of expression"
The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IĠM) regrets that Malta has again fallen in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index. Malta is now 31 places lower than it was in 2016.
For the fourth consecutive year, not less than 250 journalists across the world were arrested for investigative journalism and a further 50 journalists were killed. This was revealed in a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
International organisations have urged close scrutiny as the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins on 6 December.