Rule of law in Malta: deep concern over recent revelations
Parliament set to call for justice in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case and related investigations, and for further steps to protect EU values in Malta.
Following the confession by convicted criminal Vincent Muscat of the murder of Maltese anti-corruption investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, MEPs are set to express their deep concern regarding the possible involvement of ministers and political appointees in the case. The draft text acknowledges the progress made in the investigation and welcomes the steps taken by the Maltese authorities to protect independent journalism. However, in the resolution MEPs will point to persisting and new issues relating to media freedom and EU values in the country.
It asks for all potential incidents of corruption to be investigated and prosecuted by the authorities with the necessary rigour and highlights serious and persistent threats to the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights in Malta, including on issues of media freedom, the independence of law enforcement and judiciary from political interference, and the freedom of peaceful assembly.
The vote will take place on Wednesday, and results will be announced on Thursday.
Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered on 16 October 2017. She reported on government corruption, allegations of money laundering, and organised crime.
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
Vote: Wednesday, 28 April, result Thursday 29 April