“We were followed for months” – Matthew Caruana Galizia

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Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of the murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia said that he and his mother were followed for months by her assassins.

“I had this feeling that my mother was being followed,” he said. “I woke up every day and told myself to check the bottom of the car. I did not check that morning,” he added during a Press Conference at the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting in Romania.

After his mother’s murder, Galizia put journalism behind him and focused on advocacy. He is now working on ways to protect journalists from violent attacks, and on legal methods of pressuring governments into respecting freedom of the press.

“Violence against journalists right now is cheap,” he explained. “We need to raise the costs of violence against journalists.”

He said this during a conference led by Pavla Holcova, a journalist with the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism who spent a month under police protection and had to cut communications with family and friends after co-worker Slovak reporter Jan Kuciak was shot last February.

Holcova said that journalists need to communicate better and be able to depend on the public. It is important for journalists to explain to the people that they need each other, because after all, the public always needs good journalists.