Ac­tion over Mal­tese jour­nal­ist’s mur­der

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

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”.

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