Malta’s constitutional court today ruled that the Planning Authority’s removal of two banners, calling for justice for Daphne and her work, was in breach of our fundamental right to freedom of expression.
Our banners were a cry against the climate of impunity in Malta that ultimately enabled Daphne’s assassination. They asked:
Why aren’t Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi in prison, Police Commissioner?
Why isn’t your wife being investigated by the police, Joseph Muscat?
Who paid for Daphne Caruana Galizia to be blown up after she asked these questions?
We hope that today’s important judgement inspires people to demand that the government respects the law and the inalienable rights of its citizens. We hope, too, that the government will use its power to ensure - and not inhibit - justice for Daphne.
Court documents available for download
The court judgement is available in Maltese: Peter Caruana Galizia et al vs the Planning Authority.
We’ve made a translated version available for download. This version corrects an error with the year (highlighted in yellow) on page 16 of the original document.
Update (18 October 2019): This case is now documented by Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression: Caruana Galizia vs. Planning Authority.
Articles related to this case
- PA chairman had ordered removal of Caruana Galizia banners — Times of Malta, 16 July 2019
- Court slams PA for breaching freedom of expression when removing Caruana Galizia banner — Malta Independent, 16 July 2019
- PA was in breach of freedom of expression when it removed Caruana Galizia banners, Court finds — Newsbook, 16 July 2019
- Planning Authority breached freedom of expression when it removed banners put up by Caruana Galizia heirs — MaltaToday, 16 July 2019
- Court finds fundamental rights of Caruana Galizia family breached. Again. — Truth be told, 16 July 2019
- Disinformation Watch #23: On dirty political tricks that make headlines — Shift, 21 October 2018
- Activists put up banners reminding country of Daphne Caruana Galizia on her birthday — Malta Independent, 26 August 2018
- Caruana Galizia family files constitutional case after suppression of their freedom of expression — Truth be told, 4 August 2018
- Caruana Galizia family file judicial letter in court over Valletta banner removal — Malta Independent, 16 April 2018
- Micallef again orders removal of Daphne banners — Shift, 16 April 2018
- Daphne Caruana Galizia billboards, banners taken down overnight — MaltaToday, 17 February 2018