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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The Rule of Law in Malta, after the recent revelations around the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia (debate)

  Pernando Barrena Arza (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, according to the Council of Europe’s Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists, more than half of the cases of abuses against media professionals are committed by state actors. Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on 16 October 2017, and two years later, every aspect of the case is susceptible to political interference from the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Union must use all tools at its disposal to guarantee media freedom and the protection of journalists in its Member States. We need investigative journalism to learn about structural rule-of-law issues like the high-level corruption cases that Daphne was reporting. If the Union does not give due consideration to the calls of the Maltese citizens, the lack of public confidence will be transferred to the EU itself. And those tools and procedures at the disposal of the Commission to ensure full compliance with Union law must be deployed not only in Malta but also in the Member States, to respect human rights in the case of refugees who die in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the fundamental rights to political participation and the exercise of the right to decide of the peoples of Europe.

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 171(8))

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