The EPP Group is concerned that the Maltese Government will continue to obstruct the path to justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.
"The developments around the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta are very worrying, with recent revelations pointing to the implication of the highest levels of government”, said Manfred Weber MEP, EPP Group Chairman, and Jeroen Lenaers MEP, the EPP Group's Spokesman on Civil Liberties.
“There are many questions now with regard to the Maltese Government and its commitment to the rule of law in Malta. Maltese state authorities need to make sure the investigation can take place so that finally, all the light can be shed on Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder. We expect the European Commission to maintain pressure on the Maltese authorities to that end", Weber and Lenaers continued.
They made their statement today ahead of a plenary debate on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta.
For Jeroen Lenaers, the implication of those at the highest level of government in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination is shocking. “Daphne Caruana Galizia was internationally known for her work against corruption and organised crime. When politicians at the highest levels of government are interlinked with the assassination of an investigative journalist, we must stand united in our condemnation and concern.”
"We will never accept that journalists are murdered with impunity in Europe. The European Parliament must stand united to protect journalists and ensure media freedom and the rule of law in all EU Member States. This is not a party political issue. This is not a Maltese issue, but a European one", concluded Weber.
Today's plenary debate will be followed by a Resolution in the April plenary session.
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