24 international press freedom and freedom of expression organisations have joined her family in sending an appeal to Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to demand a public inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Ossigeno per l’Informazione along with the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and other 22 European and international press freedom and freedom of expression organisations sent a letter to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on 8 October 2018 concerning Malta’s response to the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
These organisations joined Daphne’s family in submitting the request to Maltese government to establish a public inquiry under the Inquiries Act that is completely independent of the Maltese police, Government and politicians, and that is conducted by a panel of respected international judges, retired judges and/or suitably qualified individuals with no political or government links.
Following her murder on 16 October 2017, the Maltese authorities initiated criminal proceedings against the men who allegedly detonated the bomb that killed Ms Caruana Galizia and a parallel magisterial inquiry into whether others should be charged with criminal offences for commissioning the alleged assassins. Both the criminal proceedings and magisterial inquiry focus solely on criminal culpability. Neither process is investigating the wider and even more serious question as to whether the Maltese state is responsible for the circumstances that led to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death.
The full appeal can be read on the ECPMF website