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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has published a joint statement of findings from an international freedom of expression mission to Malta from 15-17 October 2018. The mission found that the Maltese authorities are not living up to their obligations to guarantee and safeguard freedom of expression and press freedom, and issued recommendations to address the concerns outlined in the statement.

In their report, Reporters Without Borders said that “while we appreciated the chance to have frank and open conversations with officials here, our visit has reaffirmed our concerns that Malta, a democracy and member of the European Union and the Council of Europe, is not living up to its obligations to guarantee and safeguard freedom of expression and press freedom as required by Maltese law and international instruments including the European Convention on Human Rights. We are deeply concerned that an apparent lack of progress in the investigation into Caruana Galizia’s murder is having a chilling effect on public interest investigative reporting.”

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