“Burned in effigy. Insulted. Menaced. Spat at. Discredited by their nation’s leaders. Assaulted. Sued. Homes strafed with automatic weapons. Rape threats. Death threats. Assassinations.”
This is the landscape faced by journalists throughout Europe over the last four years, according to the report ‘Demonising the Media’ released by the Mapping Media Freedom project.
Based on 3,000 documented media freedom incidents across Europe since 2014, the report is designed to “survey the landscape for media freedom” and to “help an independent, pluralistic, media landscape to flourish”.
It contains no less than 29 reports of threats to journalists in Malta, three of which are threats against The Shift News’ reporting in its first year of operation.
The project, run by press freedom organisation Index on Censorship, makes specific reference to the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in 2017, noting that she had over 40 libel cases