We welcome Dunja Mijatovic's call for justice

06 October 2022

We welcome the Council of Europe High Commissioner of Human Rights’ call for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia as a prerequisite for upholding “the rule of law and Malta’s human rights obligations with respect to freedom of expression, which includes media freedom.”

The public inquiry handed Malta a historic opportunity to transform itself from the country known for the bomb blast that took Daphne’s life to a country recognised for its response to that trauma. The fundamental importance of implementing the recommendations of the inquiry is that the press must be truly free, independent, and robustly supported and protected to fulfill its democratic function.

We support the High Commissioner’s call for legislative work following the public inquiry report into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia to comply with international standards and we expect the process to be fully open to public scrutiny and participation, following a clear timeline aimed at bringing about cultural, political, as well as legislative, reform.