Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has urged the press to hold back form publishing updates about the ongoing investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, warning that the publication of such details can only benefit her killers.
Muscat, responding to a question by Opposition leader Adrian Delia in Parliament, said he has spoken to the Times of Malta journalists who yesterday wrote that police suspect a “major businessman” to be behind Caruana Galizia’s murder.
“I respect that serious journalists, which I believe they are, should make their own decisions on what information to publish,” he said. “It isn’t my job to confirm the veracity of the information published. As Prime Minister, I’m not even informed of the details of ongoing investigations, but rather of general trends on cases of national importance, such as this one.”
“I won’t criticise the press for publishing this story and I won’t say whether the information is true; maybe I’m not even privy to whether it’s true or not. However, the media will have to shoulder responsibility for the information they publish. When you publish specific information about possibly the largest ever criminal investigation in Malta, when you say what kind of people are under investigation, you are only helping the people under investigation because you’d be alerting them that the police are on their tail.”
“If nothing else, this article confirms that investigators are doing their job well and I have full faith in them.”
“Any extra word I say will play into the hands of the people behind the murder. We all want them to get caught and we all want to see justice done to [Daphne], her family and the country.”