Worldwide calls for international oversight of the investigations into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia are coming from every direction now. The UK House of Commons is considering a motion tabled by 4 MPs from 4 different political parties that “urges the international community to ensure full oversight of the investigation”.
The MPs tabling the motion on the 100th day since Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed are Liberal Democrat Tom Brake, Labour Paul Flynn, Scottish Nationalist Stewart McDonald and Green Caroline Lucas.
The international community clearly has very little confidence in the ability or the willingness of the Maltese authorities to get to the bottom of this matter.
The UK Commons motion in full follows.
“That this House condemns the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb on 16 October 2017; notes that 24 January 2018 marks 100 days since her murder; commends her courageous reporting exposing corruption in Malta and throughout Europe, notably her work on the Panama Papers and the investigations into Azerbaijani influence-buying and money laundering; calls on the Maltese authorities to conduct a thorough, independent, and transparent investigation into her murder and to bring to justice all those responsible for planning and carrying out the attack; urges the international community to ensure full oversight of the investigation, such as through the creation of a Special Rapporteur at the Council of Europe tasked with monitoring the investigation; is alarmed that, according to Reporters Without Borders, the number of women journalists killed in 2017 doubled from 2016; is further alarmed by the increased deliberate targeting of investigative journalists working to expose corruption; underscores the critical role of investigative journalism in ensuring transparent, accountable, and democratic governance; and calls for support for the campaign to establish a UN Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists to enforce international law and reduce the number of journalists killed every year in the course of their work.”
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