In a statement today, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has welcomed the announcement of the Maltese Government to set up a public inquiry into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017.
“It is a positive development that the Maltese authorities have decided to follow the strong recommendation of our Parliamentary Assembly last June to launch within three months an independent public inquiry into the background of the appalling assassination of Mrs Caruana Galizia. The Council of Europe will follow the work of the now established inquiry commission very closely and attentively.
The position adopted by the Assembly in June constitutes an important signal for the safety of all investigative journalists. Freedom of expression and information, as prescribed by the European Convention on Human Rights, cannot be guaranteed in our Member States without full respect and protection for journalists", she said.