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Daphne Caruana Galizia awarded prize by Italian journalism association

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani reiterates call for an independent, international inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination

Daphne Caruana Galizia
Slain journalist Daphne Caruana Glizia is was killed in Bidnija on 16 October. Photo: Pierre Ellul

Murdered Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been awarded a prize by an Italian journalism association.

The Ronchese association which, for the past few months, has been actively promoting the journalism event scheduled for next June and the award commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a car bomb on 16 October 2017.

In a letter sent to the association, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani recalled the European Parliament’s official recognition given to Caruana Galizia and thanked the association for their work .

“We are really happy because it is a further support for our daily efforts both to create an important festival for our territory and to honor the memory of a strong woman and journalist who must remain an example,” association president Luca Perrino said.

Tajani added: “I would like first of all to express my appreciation for the fact that the association has decided to dedicate a prize to the memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia to remind us of the fundamental values ​​on which the European Union is based: freedom of expression, democracy, and human rights.”

“Freedom of expression and media pluralism are enshrined in Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The European Parliament strongly condemned the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, called on the Maltese government to mobilise all the resources necessary to deliver the killers to justice, and called for an independent international inquiry into the matter.

“Awarding a prize to journalists who have distinguished themselves for their inquiries and their research, even risking their lives and that of their family, is an extremely commendable initiative and it is therefore with great pleasure that we accord your event the High Patronage of the European Parliament,” Tajani said.

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