Dear Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, I write to you on behalf of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and 22 organisations (listed below) representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists concerning Malta’s response to the assassination of journalist Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia. Following her murder on 16 October 2017, the Maltese authorities initiated criminal proceedings against the men who allegedly detonated the bomb that killed Ms Caruana Galizia and a parallel magisterial inquiry into whether others should … read more
The actions of the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government in relation to the ‘Daphne Memorial’ in Valletta are utterly shameful and reprehensible. They represent an unequivocal repression of free and peaceful political and personal expression. These are fundamental human rights boldly enshrined in Malta’s Constitution and part of the human rights regime Malta so proudly subscribes to. The Government’s, or the Minister’s, opinions of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia should play absolutely no part in its relationship with … read more
The European Parliament’s Mission Report Following the ad-hoc Delegation to Malta (30 November – 1 December, 2017) was finally published yesterday. The Report outlines the findings of the visit of an ad-hoc Delegation to Malta composed of 8 European Parliamentarians drawn from the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA). The Report contains a summary of the meetings that the Delegation held with various government representatives, … read more
The brutal assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has shocked us all, and whilst many of us (and you) have been attending marches, vigils and protests there’s a lingering feeling that it’s just not enough to bring about the changes we all think Malta needs. We also understand that you’re not all actively involved with NGOs, but would anyway like to do more to be part of this significant time in Maltese history. So we thought we could you some … read more
With Integra Foundation and The Critical Institute we’ve sent the below letter to the Prime Minister, pretty much in the same spirit as our harsh press statement on governance problems in Malta, published some months ago. We’ll keep our readers posted on updates, if any. This has got to stop.