We're inspired by Daphne's life, journalism and unwavering commitment to the public interest. We work to ensure justice for her assassination and to continue her fight for press freedom and liberal democracy and against populism, corruption and impunity in Malta and internationally.
We set out to create a non-governmental organisation that's designed to provide a framework for the advocacy activities of people fighting for justice for Daphne. Because her assassination is impossible to isolate from systemic corruption, institutional and state capture, and a collapse in the rule of law in Malta, we have given ourselves a wide mandate to attack those diseases and fight for the principles of democracy using journalism and both legal and political mechanisms.
Our strong, balanced governance structure, defined by our legal deed of foundation, reflects the seriousness of this mission.
Legal support for our call for an independent public inquiry is graciously provided by Tony Murphy at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors. He has instructed Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Jonathan Price and Jennifer Robinson at Doughty Street Chambers, and Dr Therese Commodini Cachia MP, to provide legal advice. We are grateful for all of their work.
Legal advice on aspects of criminal law is provided by Dr Jason Azzopardi MP. Legal advice on aspects of constitutional and human rights law is provided by Dr Therese Comodini Cachia MP and Dr Eve Borg Costanzi.
Our advisors help direct the Foundation's actions and strategy. They're people with different backgrounds who care about our purposes and who, in all cases, fight for them independently.
This doesn't imply that the people individually named are those who are most active in the fight for justice.
We depend on and are thankful for the support that's been selflessly provided by press freedom and anti-corruption organisations. Those organisations and the people who work for them are not on our advisory board to maintain organisational independence. Nevertheless they work to support our mission in parallel as we share common goals.
Council of administration
The members of the Foundation's administrative council are the founders: Daphne's husband and sons Peter, Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia. Peter Caruana Galizia is the first chairman of the council.
Peter is a law partner at BCGL Advocates in Valletta, Malta, Matthew is the Director of the Foundation, Andrew is a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Paul is an editor at Tortoise in London.
Our deed of foundation requires that the council is made up of at least three people, who are unpaid.
The chairman of the Foundation may at any time, after consultation with the administrators, establish a supervisory council of at least two members.
Members of the supervisory council will have the power to exercise supervision over the acts of the administrators and to remove, substitute or add administrators.
The Foundation is set up as a social purpose, non-profit-making voluntary foundation in Malta, with legal personality. It was enrolled at the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations on 15 April 2019.
The organisation's deed of foundation prevents it from having any beneficiaries. It is not established to trade or carry out commercial activities and exists only to fulfil its purpose.
Our permanent tax exemption status is pending. Ministry officials have requested that we supply two years' worth of audited financial statements in order to be considered for a permanent exemption. Tax exemption status is granted personally by Malta's Minister of Finance.
For more details, see our legal status page.