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‘She deserved it’ - EP culture committee chair defends Daphne’s memorial

Julian Bonnici Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 13:05 Last update: about 9 months ago

The Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education has defended the memorial that was erected at the Great Siege monument in Valletta following the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, explaining that it has become a symbol for the protection of freedom of the press and expression.

“The stance of the European Parliament has always been to condemn the murder of Daphne, the murder of any journalist. The monument will serve as a warning to protect freedom of speech and investigative journalists,” Petra Kammerevert, who forms part of the S&D group, said.

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“Daphne Caruana Galizia deserved this memorial, but it more than that. It is a memorial for the freedom of the press and opinion, which are key European values.”

Asked by The Malta Independent whether the committee still had serious concerns over the replacement of key figures of V18 months before its commencement, and if the government was yet to provide them with an explanation behind the dismissals, Kammerevert said “No, we have not yet been informed, but our remit is to see whether the projects are fulfilled and the process behind the activities. Our hopes have been realised and they have manifested very well. V18 will be a success and hopefully it has a domino effect and has continuing positive effects in Malta and wider society”.

Kammerevert was speaking at a press conference at Europe House in Valletta following the culture committee delegation’s visit to Malta, were they praised the amount of projects and activities taking place, especially initiatives which involved youth.

She said that MUZA, the contemporary art museum which is still under development, will enrich Valletta and allow the community at large to engage with culture.

Photos: James Caruana

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