Malta's Head of State pays tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia

13 September 2021

Earlier today, Malta’s Head of State, accompanied by his wife, paid tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia at the site of her assassination near her family home in Bidnija.

In view of the published findings of the public inquiry into the circumstances of Daphne’s assassination, we welcome the President’s gesture as the Maltese state’s recognition of Daphne’s memory and sacrifice and its acknowledgement that it must bear responsibility for her assassination and for its failure to prevent real and immediate risks to her life.

We share the President’s hope that the implementation of the public inquiry’s recommendations will begin to heal the national trauma of Daphne’s murder, and we hope that this will lead to the restoration of the rule of law in Malta, effective protection for journalists, and an end to impunity.