The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation is continuing to run the Legal Clinic project for a second year with the support of UNESCO’s Global Media Defence Fund, through to June 2024. Through this project, Dr Therese Comodini Cachia will continue to provide legal support and legal representation to journalists from independent newsrooms in Malta.
From May 2022 to May 2023, the Legal Clinic provided support to at least 31 journalists and editors on more than 95 occasions. Through this project the Foundation will continue to hold workshops around safety for journalists and access to information.
Last year the Legal Clinic was successful in providing assistance to journalists on a number of issues around:
- protection of sources;
- pathways to obtaining information legally, and the laws and regulations that limit access to information;
- consideration of legal risks and clarification of legal procedures before publication;
- accessing protection for journalists;
- assistance in Freedom of Information and Information & Data Protection Commissioner appeals and complaints.