EVENT at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: The assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

16 January, 2018

Her three sons Matthew, Andrew and Paul explain their mother’s investigative work and why her murder investigation now demands close international scrutiny

MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2018, 13.00-13.45

Daphne Caruana Galizia was Malta’s most prominent journalist – a household name in the country for three decades and known among fellow journalists internationally for her Panama Papers reporting. Her most important investigative work uncovered corruption at the highest levels of Malta’s government and its links to foreign jurisdictions. Her assassination in a car bomb attack a few metres from her home in Malta sent shockwaves around the world, raising concerns internationally about the rule of law and corruption in the Mediterranean island where she was born and worked.

Her sons will talk about the political context in Malta that enabled their mother’s assassination, the most important strands of her investigative reporting, and why the ongoing investigation into her murder demands close international scrutiny.

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination is a crime against all of us. It has serious consequences in at least five main areas of the Council of Europe’s work:

  • Human rights
  • Corruption
  • Money laundering
  • The rule of law
  • The protection of journalists.

Pieter Omtzigt (EPP – Netherlands) – Full member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Vice-Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights
Frank Schwabe (SOC – Germany) – Full member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, second Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Anne Brasseur (ALDE – Luxembourg) – Full member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly

Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia


  • Committee to Protect Journalists,
  • Reporters Sans Frontieres,
  • European Federation of Journalists,
  • the Association of European Journalists,
  • the International News Safety Institute,
  • the Polish Society of Journalists,
  • International Press Institute,
  • Transparency International, 
  • Index on Censorship
  • and Article19.

The meeting will be in English

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