Vienna, 20 January 2018 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) supports fellow organisations that have expressed concern over the lack of progress in the murder investigation of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The journalist was murdered on 16 October of last year, meters away from her home. At the time, authorities announced the arrests of three individuals in connection to her murder; however more than three months later, there are no indications that the persons who planned, committed and ordered the gruesome act have been identified or jailed.
SEEMO expressed deep disappointment for the apparent lack of progress and, seemingly, a lack of willingness by authorities in the country to resolve this case. The brutal murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia was a dangerous reminder for not only Malta, but countries throughout the region where journalists face working conditions that can unfortunately lead to their death. Institutions in the country must do more to resolve this case and bring closure to her family, as well as media workers and press.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.