Investigative journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of the late Daphne Caruana Galizia, was yesterday awarded the Prize for Impact at the Press Freedom Awards, held in London by Reporters Without Borders.
The award was presented to Caruana Galizia by Channel 4 News Chief International Correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, herself a veteran journalist with more than two decades’ experience in covering the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as the Arab Spring in Egypt and Bahrain.
Caruana Galizia, who was previously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative journalism work, worked at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for five years, where he co-founded its Data and Research Unit.
He left the ICIJ in 2018 in the wake of his mother Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination in October 2017, and has since worked tirelessly to obtain justice for his mother’s murder and for the crimes she exposed. His efforts have galvanised the international community.
“He should take pride in having made a difference by showing another side of Malta, a small Mediterranean archipelago that, behind its tourist paradise facade, is plagued by corruption. We join Matthew’s call for full justice for his mother, and hope this award will offer him support and protection for his valuable work”, said Pauline Adès-Mével, head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk.
Other prize winners included Swati Chaturvedi from India, who was awarded the Prize for Courage, and Inday Espina-Varona from the Philippines who won the Prize for Independence.