Scottish PEN joins call on Maltese Attorney General to seek Europol support on Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

Scottish PEN signed a joint letter calling on Peter Grech, Malta’s Attorney General, to request support from Europol in relation to the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

May 5, 2020

Scottish PEN was happy to lend our support to a joint letter from press freedom organisations, calling on Peter Grech, Malta’s Attorney General, to request support from the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) in relation to the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Galizia was a prominent Maltese investigative journalist, writer, and anti-corruption activist, who reported on political events in Malta.  She was killed in October 2017 when a bomb was detonated on her car, just a few metres from her home in Bidnija.

Scottish PEN believes the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia was designed to send a clear signal to any other journalist who would attempt to report on the extremely sensitive corruption issues she was exposing. Impunity in her case, as well as surrounding the corruption upon which she was reporting, appears to have emboldened abuse against other women.

Former businessman Yorgen Fenech was charged along with three other men, but the case is still ongoing, with further delays to trial proceedings expected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The support of Europol could help facilitate legal proceedings, including improving the cooperation of the Maltese authorities with all foreign jurisdictions and enabling better access to information. In addition to Scottish PEN, the letter was signed by:

You can read the joint letter in full here:

Joint letter: Tuesday 5th May 2020

You can find out more about our ongoing support for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s case here:

Writers at Risk Committee : Daphne Caruana Galizia