Sven Giegold

6 months after the murder of Daphne Galizia: Malta’s government takes no serious action against flaws in the rule of law

Exactly six months ago today, the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered. For 30 years she researched corruption and organised crime in Malta. Six months after Daphne’s death, renowned international media have started a project to continue her research. The murder has not been solved to this day. The backers continue to remain in the dark.


MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group commented:


“To date, the Maltese Government has drawn no real conclusions from the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The government shows no serious will to remedy the shortcomings in the rule of law. There are still ministers in office whose offshore accounts have been evidenced in the course of the Panama Papers affair. The licence of the money laundering bank Pilatus has still not been revoked. Malta’s business model continues based on tax avoidance, money laundering and, in some cases, illegal online gambling.


The journalists who now continue Daphne Galizia’s work are important defenders of media freedom. While the government is failing to solve corruption and financial crime, investigative journalists are taking up the legacy of Daphne Galizia. Europe’s governments must not conceal the deficiencies of the rule of law in Malta. Corruption and financial crime must not be everyday occurrences in any EU country. The EU Commission must not continue to gloss over the problems in Malta, but must initiate a comprehensive investigation into the rule of law.”


„Hidden Stories“ project of international journalists on the legacy of Daphne:

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