Daphne Caruana Galizia: recommendations of the Malta Mission

In the morning after the great vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta with about 2000 attendees, the representatives of five freedom of expression organisations  - ECPMF, CPJ, PEN and RSF, held a press conference to present the findings of their mission. They have travelled to Malta to mark the one-year-anniversary of the Caruana Galizia assassination.

press conference Malta Press conference in Valletta (photo: ShiftNews)

"We are deeply concerned that a democracy and member of the European Union and the Council of Europe, is not living up to its obligations to guarantee and safeguard freedom of expression as required by the European Convention on Human Rights,” the mission members said as they found "an apparent lack of progress in the investigation".

The final statement will be published soon.

The recommendations to the Maltese authorities are:

  • ensure a full and comprehensive investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia;
  • establish without delay a public inquiry into whether Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination could have been prevented, and to learn lessons for the future. The public inquiry should have comprehensive and transparent terms of reference; ensure meaningful involvement of the deceased’s family; ensure the protection of sources; and include public hearings;
  • fulfill the commitment made during the meeting with the international delegation to implement the forthcoming recommendations of the Venice Commission;
  • guarantee full, regular access and interviews to the independent media;
  • ensure a safe and enabling environment for freedom of assembly and the right to protest, in particular at the site of the protest memorial at the Great Siege Monument in front of the Courts of Justice, to Daphne Caruana Galizia until such time as full justice in her case has been achieved;
  • introduce legislation to transfer the burden of proof in defamation cases where there is a legitimate public interest from the defendant to the claimant;
  • prohibit the passing of future liabilities to heirs or successors in defamation cases;
  • public officials should be subject to a higher standard of scrutiny and refrain from taking punitive and retaliatory action against journalists and media outlets, including online; and
  • enhance efforts to guarantee freedom of information in accordance with international standards.

 Please find here a video of the press conference: