Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reiterated that the Government does not exclude appointing another inquiry on the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, once the inquiry by the investigating Magistrate is concluded.
Dr Muscat was speaking with representatives of five international organisations for press freedom on the eve of the first anniversary of the journalist’s murder, who joined together in the call for an immediate public inquiry to establish if her killing could have been avoided.
Journalists stated with TVM that “we highlighted a number of measures we feel have contributed to a lack of trust in the investigation in Malta one of which is the fact that people who have some interest in the case have been involved in the investigation”.
The Prime Minister stressed that once Police investigations and the inquiry of the investigating Magistrate are concluded, the Government does not exclude opening a public inquiry on the murder of Mrs Caruana Galizia.
During the meeting, the organisations called for the resignation of Valletta 2018 chairman, Jason Micallef, following his comments on Mrs Caruana Galizia, and also called on the Government to protect the spontaneous monument in her honour at the Great Siege monument in Valletta.
Justice Minister, Owen Bonnici, stressed that the authorities are ready to consider the application for a monument as occurs in other cases. He said “we, as a Government, have absolutely nothing against an application for a memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia and we are appealing that one should proceed with the law”.
At the end of the one and a half hour meeting with the Prime Minister at Castille, the journalists said that Dr Muscat was frank with them and gave them an overview of the Government’s efforts in safeguarding the freedom of expression and of the press. They stated that they are satisfied with the meeting’s proceeding, however expect a greater commitment for justice and the protection of journalists.
The journalists stated: “very positive attitude today of long conversation with us and encouraged us to continue the relation with the Government until justice is done”.
The delegation included representatives of the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, the European Press and Media Freedom Centre, the International Press Institute, PEN International and Reporters Without Borders.