Council of Europe partners: “no credible indications Malta is investigating who commissioned Daphne assassination”

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Organisations engaged as partners by the Council of Europe to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists see no “credible indications that Maltese authorities are diligently investigation who planned and commissioned the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia”.

The report was authored by the European Federation of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists, the Association of European Journalists, Article 19, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index on Censorship, the International Press Institute, the International News Safety Institute, the Rory Peck Trust, the European Broadcasting Union and PEN International.

“Three suspects were detained on 4 December 2017, but there has been a notable lack of credible indications that the authorities are diligently investigating who planned and commissioned the killing. That task calls for a thorough and impartial examination of leads arising from the journalist’s reporting on high-level financial crimes and other forms of wrongdoing, which often implicated leading political and business figures.”

In a meeting in Strasbourg, the partner organisations presented the report to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, who thanked them for their continued involvement in the platform.

The Secretary-General agreed with the partners that strong and concerted political action from member states and the organisation is needed to reverse the trend of eroding conditions for media freedom and to improve protections for journalists.

Here’s a link to the full report.

Annual Report 2018_Democrac in danger- Threats and attacks Media freedom