“When a journalist is threatened or killed, democracy is attacked” – Calls for truth about Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder on 700th day since her assassination

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“I too, and I think I speak on behalf of all Italian journalists, appeal to the Government of Malta. You need to know the truth about Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, and we need answers. We all suspect that Daphne’s investigations had reached the centres of power.”

Newsbook reports Italian journalist Sandro Ruotolo saying this when he addressed the crowd gathered at the Great Siege Square for the vigil commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia. In front of the spontaneous memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia, he said that  Italian journalists want to know why Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated.

He explained that when a journalist is threatened or killed democracy is attacked.

“Without freedom of information, there is no democracy. This is why demanding to know the truth about the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, demanding justice, seeing the killers and the masterminds of the car bomb that exploded on the 16 October two years ago brought before the courts, these demands see us take action first-hand.”

Forty-two thousand Italians signed a petition asking the Maltese government to abide by the request of the Council of Europe to hold an independent commission of inquiry to find out the truth about the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Meanwhile The Times reports “Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela will not commit to whether the government would respect a deadline to open a public inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, despite his previous declaration on the matter.”

Via Newsbook / Times of Malta

Photo via Twitter – Andrew Caruana Galizia

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