European Federation of Journalists

Journalists and press freedom organisations to visit Malta 14-16 October

Picture credit: Andreas Solaro / AFP.

Between 14 and 16 October, the General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) as well as representatives of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 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:

  • Prime Minister Robert Abela;
  • Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa, Deputy Commissioners Alexandra Mamo and Ramon Mercieca and Director-General Stefania Sgandurra;
  • Members of the diplomatic community and representatives of the European Commission; and,
  • Maltese journalists (including the Institute of Maltese Journalists, IGM), media workers and civil society organisations.

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.