British MPs who sit on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee have urged the British government to do more to pressure Malta into launching a public inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FC) have not done enough to publicly press the Maltese authorities to hold an independent public judicial inquiry into the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017,” the MPs said in a report on media freedom.
Thank you @CommonsForeign: “…the FCO should publicly press for an independent judicial public inquiry in Malta into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Her death should set a precedent for accountability and not, as it does currently, for impunity.” https://t.co/9LPm6corDm
— Matthew Caruana Galizia (@mcaruanagalizia) September 9, 2019
The MPs listed the murder of Caruana Galizia, along with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and clampdowns on the fire press in Turkey as three examples in which the FCO didnt act strongly enough.
“As part of its campaign to defend global media freedom, the FCO should publicly press for an independent judicial public inquiry in Malta into the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia,” the MPs said. “Her death should set a precedent for accountability and not, as it does currently, for impunity.”
Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew Caruana Galizia recently criticised the British government for refusing to pressure Malta into opening a public inquiry into whether the assassination of his mother Daphne Caruana Galizia could have been prevented.
“Human rights bodies, like the Council of Europe, and its agencies that focus on money laundering, and the rule of law, are really doing their best,” Caruana Galizia told The Financial Times. “But what is disappointing is the response of individual governments within Europe, especially the UK government. They [the UK] refused to support the call for a public inquiry, even though in the UK public inquiries are set up as a matter of course for things that are much less serious than the murder of a journalist.”
The government has so far resisted calls for a public inquiry into whether Caruana Galizia’s murder could have been prevented, arguing that it could clash with the ongoing criminal investigation into who masterminded her murder.
However, after the Council of Europe gave Malta three months to open a public inquiry, Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said that the government will respect its demand.