The Shift News founder and editor Caroline Muscat has won this year’s Press Freedom Award for Independence.
She was recognized by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) for her work against corruption with Malta based The Shift News, and for refusing to back down “despite massive pressure”.
Muscat dedicated her award to assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed with a car bomb just metres from her home in October 2017.
The awards were presented at a gala ceremony in Berlin before a packed audience of international journalists, human rights activists, media lawyers, and political figures.
The Press Freedom Awards were established in 1992 to honour journalists “who, despite the most adverse circumstances, keep a close eye on those in positions of power”. Twelve journalists and news outlets were shortlisted for this year’s awards in the categories of Independence, Impact, and Courage.