Malta - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (16.04.18)

Q - The Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was investigating very sensitive topics and had played a role in the revelations of the Panama Papers, was murdered six months ago. There has been no progress in the investigation since December and the arrest of three suspects. With Malta in the spotlight on this anniversary, and rallies being held from London to Berlin and from Brussels to Washington, what is Paris doing? Is this a subject that concerns France?

A - Six months after the despicable murder of Daphne Caruana Galiza, which it immediately condemned, France reiterates its commitment to the freedom of the press and the fight against impunity for crimes against journalists.

In cooperation with the Maltese authorities, the European Commission, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and NGOs, we are carefully following – notably through our embassy in Valletta – the unfolding of the investigation and the trial that’s under way.

We expect the current investigation to get to the bottom of this crime.

France, whose ambassador to Valletta attended Daphne Caruana Galizia’s funeral, once again assures her family of its solidarity in this very difficult time.

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