In the absence of government action, it is up to civil society and journalists to collaborate across borders and to support each other in the pursuance of the truth.
This, along with the statement that without media freedom there can be no democracy, were two of the key messages presented at today’s debate on press freedom in Malta.
The event was organised to coincide with the 17 month anniversary of the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. A vigil will follow at 18:30 this evening.
Attended by Turkish journalist Pelin Unker, MEP David Casa, Shift News founder Caroline Muscat, Lecturer in Anthropology Ranier Fsadni, academic Dr Gorg Mallia, and a number of civil society representatives, the panel debated impunity and the issue of declining freedom of expression, restricted media freedom and lack of freedom of information.
These points were discussed in the context of their impact in Turkey and Malta,