11 October 2021
11 October 2021
Between 14 and 16 October, representatives of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) as well as ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will visit Malta to meet with members of the Maltese Government, civil society representatives, journalists, and other key stakeholders.
The mission takes place four years after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, on 16 October 2017. Despite modest progress in some areas, the ongoing impunity for the brutal murder and broader systemic failings continue to negatively impact Malta’s press freedom climate. The urgent need for justice and accountability for Caruana Galizia’s assassination will feature prominently throughout the mission’s conversations, including a call to establish an Independent Commission of Experts to implement the recommendations of the public inquiry into her assassination.
In addition, the mission will also focus on more recent attacks on journalists and media workers and ongoing concerns about journalists’ safety, as well as the need for improved legislative measures to protect journalists and others against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).
To this end, the delegation will meet with:
They will also visit the Valletta protest memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia and participate in the silent gathering in Bidnija and the vigil in Great Siege Square on 16 October.
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