November 16, 2017 - Updated on November 17, 2017

Malta: RSF reiterates call, one month after Maltese journalist’s murder

Silent demonstration in Valletta, 16 November 2017/ DR
A month after Maltese investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder on 16 October and in the wake of yesterday’s European Parliament resolution voicing concern about the rule of law in Malta, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for an independent international investigation into her death.

Tributes to Caruana Galizia and condemnation of her murder continue to be expressed nationally and internationally, especially by European bodies, but the Maltese investigation has yet to yield any concrete results.

A month later, our determination to know the truth is unchanged and we call for an independent international investigation that identifies both the perpetrators and instigators of this shocking murder in a European Union country,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk.

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s investigative reporting will not end with her death because other journalists will follow her lead and will continue to shed light on Maltese government corruption.”

Yellow banners bearing Caruana Galizia’s last words, “The situation is desperate,” were hung last night in the streets of the capital, Valletta, to tell the world that Malta’s journalists and civil society are not forgetting. A local NGO has called for silent vigil tonight in Valletta in her memory.

Yesterday’s European Parliament resolution condemning her murder urged the Maltese authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and to guarantee the safety of journalists and whistleblowers. Malta is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.