WATCH: President of the European Council visits site where Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered
Europen Council President Charles Michel stated that the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was shameful to European fundamental values, for the rule of law and for freedom of expression. Close to one month before the third anniversary of her murder, this morning Charles Michel saluted Daphne Caruana Galizia’s memory at the site of her murder in Bidnija.
On his first visit to Malta as President of the European Council, Charles Michel visited the Bidnija site where Daphne Caruana Galizia had been killed in a car bomb explosion on 16 October 2017. Accompanied by the husband and one of the sons of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Charles Michel observed a moment of silence in her memory.
In comments to the media prior to a private meeting with Daphne Caruana Galizia’s relatives, the President of the European Council described the murder as shameful for European values.
“I want to pay tribute to the memory of Daphne Caruana. I would like also to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Daphne. What happened is a shame for the European values, the rule of law, the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, fundamental European values. We need to fight an promote the fundamental European values,” Charles Michel stated.
A European Union official said it had been the personal wish of President Michel to salute the memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia and meet with her family at the first opportunity of a visit to Malta.
The European Council President’s visit to Malta is in preparation for the special European Council which is to meet next week. Prior to visiting Malta, Mr Michel had been to Cyprus and Greece, where among other issues he discussed the migration issue.