The Malta Independent 5 December 2021, Sunday

US Embassy calls for ‘credible’ conclusion to investigations in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder

Friday, 15 October 2021, 17:08 Last update: about 3 months ago

The Embassy of the United States of America has called for a “thorough, transparent, timely, and credible conclusion to the investigations into the murder” of Daphne Caruana Galizia. 

In a statement on the eve of the fourth anniversary of Caruana Galizia’s murder, the embassy said that the United States “strongly supports the rule of law and the vital role of a free and independent press around the world.” 

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“On October 16, 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia, an influential journalist and blogger, was murdered in a heinous attack because she took risks to promote greater transparency and speak uncomfortable truths to those in power,” the embassy said. 

“We condemn those who would employ violence to silence dissenting voices,” it added. 

The embassy said that it welcomed the Public Inquiry’s “thorough and incisive report” on Caruana Galizia’s murder and supports the government’s commitment to implement its recommendations.  

“We continue to call for a thorough, transparent, timely, and credible conclusion to the investigations into the murder.  We reiterate that strong judicial processes and accountability are essential to the just conclusion to this case, which will reassure journalists everywhere that their voices are valued,” the embassy added. 

Four years after her death, Daphne Caruana Galizia’s legacy lives on in the Maltese media and civil society organizations, which relentlessly scrutinize the authorities, exercising their role as guardians of democracy and rule of law, it said. 

“We stand by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family, the media, and civil society in their efforts to ensure that justice is served.”

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