Action over Maltese journalist’s murder
The heads of eight of the world’s largest news organisations have called for the European commission to investigate the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the independence of the media in Malta.
The editors and directors have written a letter to Frans Timmermans, the first vice-president of the commission. It describes the murder of Caruana Galizia as “shocking” and an “appalling reminder” of the dangers that journalists and citizens practising journalism face as they try to uncover corruption and criminal behaviour.
The signatories include Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, and Jérôme Fenoglio, director of Le Monde.
Caruana Galizia was killed last month by a car bomb near her home. She had led an investigation into corruption in Malta using the Panama Papers – with the government and the opposition implicated – and the readership for her blogposts often exceeded the circulation of the country’s newspapers.
No group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack. Thousands of people attended a rally after her death demanding justice. Her son said the island was a “mafia state”.
The editors and directors say the murder cannot be allowed to achieve the “clear objective of silencing her investigation into corruption at the highest levels in Malta”.