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“Her [Daphne Caruana Galizia’s] resilience shined through,” Associate Professor Marilyn Clark said during Andrew Azzopardi on 103 hosted by Professor Andrew Azzopardi and aired on 103 Malta’s Heart on Saturday.
Clark who is also a Council of Europe expert on media freedom, had interviewed Daphne Caruana Galizia ten days before she was assassinated in a car bomb outside her family home in Bidnija.
Together with William Horsley, she co-authored a new study, A Mission to Inform: Journalists at Risk Speak Out. The book is based on interviews with 20 journalists from 18 countries who have suffered different kinds of violence and intimidation. One of whom was Caruana Galizia who had been interviewed before her assassination.
Speaking during the radio programme, Professor Clark highlighted the important role of media and journalism within a democratic society, with journalists acting as watchdogs and holding the powerful accountable for their actions. She stressed that it is also the public’s right to information.
Caruana Galizia was subjected to various forms of intimidation and harassment, Prof. Clark explained noting how the investigative journalist had been demonised and subject of a smear campaign and that these even continued after her assassination. The sources of intimidation, like the threats were also varied in character.
With the rise in populism on the continent, we have seen standards being lowered, Prof. Clark said.
Freedom of expression is not the same everywhere, the associate professor noted, adding that during the course of the interviews she saw that it meant different things in different countries.
Asked what impressed her most during the interview, Professor Clark said that she was struck by Caruana Galizia’s courage highlighting that her resilience shined through.
‘Journalism is a vocation and a mission to inform. It is a risky profession,’ Prof. Clark stated.