Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), PACE rapporteur on “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”, today issued the following statement to mark the second anniversary of the journalist’s death on 16 October 2017:
“Before all else, my thoughts are with Daphne’s family on this day of mourning. Two years after her brutal assassination, they are still fighting for justice for their wife, mother, sister, daughter. Their unrelenting courage and dignity have my deepest admiration and respect.
The impact of Daphne’s work continues to reverberate, in Malta and beyond. Her international reputation as a fearless investigative journalist is now stronger than ever. Her legacy in Malta, however, has yet to be secured. It will be measured in the truth and justice that she pursued throughout her life: by convicting and punishing her killers, and those who ordered her death; by ending impunity for corruption and the climate of fear for journalists; and by guaranteeing respect for the rule of law amongst the institutions and offices of state.
Today, as we commemorate her life, we renew our commitment to securing this legacy.”
On 26 June 2019, the Assembly adopted Resolution 2293 (2019) on “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”.
On 30 September 2019, the Assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights issued a public statement on the “public independent inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia” announced by the Maltese government in response to Resolution 2293 (2019).