Malta’s Finance Minister Edward Scicluna accused some of the world’s largest newspapers of misleading their readers and providing one-sided coverage related to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the stories she had written about.
“In journalism, you usually need more than one source,” Scicluna told Lovin Malta at a press conference. “I don’t know how many journalists are involved in this global network, but it seems like they’re all relying on just one source. There are three types media outlets involved. There are newspapers which have given a fair and balanced account, others like The Washington Post (not part of The Daphne Project) which gave a one-sided story by just focusing on what Daphne’s son said without any sense of balance, and others like Le Monde which increased the dose and started attacking Malta by printing allegations like how Pilatus Bank is involved in money laundering. If this was a fact, then the MFSA would have taken action against the bank as it had done in the past. At this point in time, there is no proof.”
Scicluna insisted that The Daphne Project has only published allegations so far and refused to comment on them on the grounds that several magisterial inquiries are ongoing.
“There’s no problem so long as the country is taking action and I don’t know of a single allegation that isn’t being investigated,” he said. “These things happen in all successful jurisdictions and they are being investigated because we believe in the rule of law.”