International News Portal France24 Highlights Malta's Press Freedom Battle In Its 2018 Round-Up

'This is about the survival of democracy in the dark'

France24, an international news portal based in France, has included Malta in its annual European round up for 2018. The episode, the final in a two-part series called 'Talking Europe', includes a two and a half minute segment that focuses on the ongoing case regarding the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The part focusing on Malta begins at 5:02


The silent protest in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta

The segment gives some background to the case, while also focusing on a speech that feminist author and investigative journalist Naomi Klein had given in front of the boarded-up Great Siege memorial.

Klein's powerful speech focuses on the importance of journalists like Daphne Caruana Galizia, especially if Malta seems to be aiming to "create growth by attracting some of the darkest players in the global economy".

"You need investigative journalists digging into this, holding the powerful to account and bringing the truth to the public. This is about the survival of democracy in the dark."

Naomi Klein

The portal also speaks to Daphne's sister Corinne Vella, and Occupy Justice member Ann De Marco, who points out the fact that the make-shift protest/memorial had been cleared multiple times by Justice Minister Owen Bonnici.

France24 was founded in 2006, and is currently composed of 430 journalists representing 35 nationalities.


Daphne Caruana Galizia's family members 

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