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Malta Must Bring Daphne Caruana Galizia's Killers to Justice

Malta must bring killers of Daphne Caruana Galizia to justice and protect journalists – UN experts

GENEVA (19 October 2017) – The Government of Malta must honour its commitment to a prompt, independent investigation into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and hold the perpetrators accountable, a group of UN human rights experts* has said.

“We condemn the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, one of the most prominent investigative journalists in Malta and a strong opponent of public corruption,” the four Special Rapporteurs said in a joint statement.

“Her loss is a severe blow to independent investigative journalism, not only in Malta but also as a global symbol of the power of reporting in the public interest. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends in Malta and worldwide.”

Caruana Galizia was murdered when the rental car she was driving exploded shortly after she left her home. She had received death threats in recent weeks, which she had reported to law enforcement.

She was a tenacious journalist, uncovering allegations of serious corruption by senior officials in the Maltese government.

“Caruana Galizia played a critical role in exposing Maltese political players involved in corruption through her reporting and analysis of the so-called Panama Papers. She was an outspoken critic of tax abuse and all forms of corruption by international corporations and politically exposed personsin Malta and abroad,” the UN experts said.

“We are pleased that the Maltese authorities have initiated an investigation into the murder. We now urge a prompt, thorough and independent public inquiry and investigation, followed by a full judicial process to hold all the perpetrators to account. Concerns expressed by Caruana Galizia’s family in relation to the independence of the investigating judge should be taken seriously,” the experts added.

“At a time of rising insecurity for journalists and anti-corruption activists worldwide it is imperative that the Government do more than pursue investigations and accountability,” the experts added.

“It is also crucial that the Government – indeed all Governments – devote resources to protect journalists and activists and to encourage a vibrant space for the watchdog role of independent reporting, especially reporting critical of government, officials and politicians.”

(*) The UN experts: Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights; and Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.


ENDS


The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

UN Human Rights, Country Page: Malta


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