The European Parliament has paid tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists through a recent Instagram post.
“Daphne Caruana Galizia was a brave Maltese journalist who was murdered following her investigations into organised crime and government corruption,” the EP said.
A month ago, the EP adopted a resolution criticising the Maltese authorities for only securing the conviction of three people – George and Alfred Degiorgio and Vince Muscat – for Caruana Galizia’s murder.
They insisted that everyone involved in the assassination, at every level, needs to be brought to justice, and “the full and continuous involvement of Europol” is needed.
MEPs also expressed concern that the implementation of the recommendations of the Caruana Galizia public inquiry into the killing is “deficient” and that the late journalist’s investigations didn’t progress into the prosecution of people involved in high-level corruption and money laundering.
The European Parliament voiced an array of further concerns regarding Malta.
These include the length and inefficiency of investigative and judicial proceedings, allegations of money laundering and corruption, the relatively low number of cases referred to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and the reported lack of cooperation from Maltese authorities, the impunity afforded to the former Prime Minister, his chief of staff, and the former minister for tourism and obstacles to media freedom and pluralism.
Every October, Parliament awards the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights.
This year it rewarded Clément Di Roma and Carol Valade for their documentary “The Central African Republic under Russian influence”.
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