Matthew Caru­ana Gal­izia wins Re­porters With­out Bor­ders’ Prize for Im­pact

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Over the past year, Matthew Caru­ana Gal­izia has cam­paigned tire­lessly for jus­tice for the mur­der of his mother, jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia, and for jus­tice to be ren­dered for all the crimes she ex­posed.

Re­porters With­out Bor­ders (RSF) hon­oured Mal­tese jour­nal­ist Matthew Caru­ana Gal­izia at its 2018 Press Free­dom Awards on Thurs­day evening.

The pres­ti­gious an­nual awards cer­e­mony, held in Lon­don for the first time ever this year, was pre­sented by Lind­sey Hil­sum, Chan­nel 4 News’ Chief In­ter­na­tional Cor­re­spon­dent, and bi­og­ra­pher of war cor­re­spon­dent Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria in 2012.

Other note­wor­thy par­tic­i­pants who spoke at the awards in­cluded BBC Chief In­ter­na­tional Cor­re­spon­dent Lyse Doucet, for­mer RSF award win­ners Can Dun­dar and Zaina Erhaim, Chi­nese dis­si­dent ac­tivist Wu’er Kaixi, Fleet Street le­gend Eve Pol­lard, and me­dia com­men­ta­tor Roy Greenslade.

The cer­e­mony high­lighted the im­por­tance of press free­dom and safety of jour­nal­ists, es­pe­cially in the wake of the killing of Saudi Ara­bian jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

The Prize for Im­pact was awarded to Mal­tese jour­nal­ist Matthew Caru­ana Gal­izia. The Prize for Im­pact was cre­ated to hon­our jour­nal­ists, me­dia or NGOs whose work has led to con­crete im­prove­ment in jour­nal­is­tic free­dom, in­de­pen­dence and plu­ral­ism, or to an in­crease in aware­ness of th­ese mat­ters.

A Pulitzer Prize-win­ning in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist and soft­ware engi­neer, Caru­ana Gal­izia 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 to fo­cus on the case of his mother, Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia, her­self an in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist who was as­sas­si­nated by a car bomb near her home in Malta in Oc­to­ber 2017. He has worked tire­lessly to ob­tain jus­tice for his mother’s mur­der and for the crimes she ex­posed, to gal­vanise the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and to hold the Mal­tese au­thor­i­ties to ac­count.

Pauline Adès-Mével, head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk, said: “Over the past year, Matthew Caru­ana Gal­izia has cam­paigned tire­lessly for jus­tice for the mur­der of his mother, jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia, and for jus­tice to be ren­dered for all the crimes she ex­posed. 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.”

Es­tab­lished in 1992, pre­vi­ous win­ners of RSF’s Press Free­dom Awards in­clude the renowned late Chi­nese dis­si­dent Liu Xiaobo, im­pris­oned Saudi blog­ger Raif Badawi, coura­geous Syr­ian jour­nal­ist Zaina Erhaim, and em­bat­tled Turkish news­pa­per Cumhuriyet.

This year’s awards were se­lected by a high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional jury, in­clud­ing no­table fig­ures such as No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate Shirin Ebadi and Chi­nese ac­tivist Wu’er Kaixi - both RSF emer­i­tus board mem­bers - as well as RSF Pres­i­dent Pierre Haski. RSF’s UK ad­vi­sory board - in­clud­ing Fleet Street le­gend Eve Pol­lard, for­mer Di­rec­tor of BBC News James Hard­ing, Chan­nel 4 News An­chor Jon Snow, and me­dia com­men­ta­tor Roy Greenslade - se­lected the win­ner of the spe­cial ‘L’esprit de RSF’ prize.

“Every year I am as­tounded by the quality and pas­sion of jour­nal­ists around the world who put their safety at risk in pur­suit of the truth, and it is an hon­our to be able to high­light the work of th­ese coura­geous in­di­vid­u­als. We hope that this recog­ni­tion will of­fer them vi­tal sup­port and pro­tec­tion as they carry on their im­por­tant work in the face of grow­ing pressure against in­de­pen­dent me­dia in their home coun­tries,” said RSF Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral Christophe Deloire.

This year’s awards were made pos­si­ble thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port of TV5MONDE - a long­stand­ing part­ner of RSF’s Press Free­dom Awards - along with 4 New Square So­lic­i­tors, the Euro­pean Pub­lish­ers Coun­cil, and Heineken. RSF is grate­ful for th­ese kind con­tri­bu­tions.

The Other RSF 2018 Press Free­dom Award win­ners:

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