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IGM appeals for harsher penalties for crimes against journalists

The Institute of Maltese Journalists appealed for harsher penalties for any crimes against journalists, and more protection for journalists. Civil Society Network also said that full protection should be given to former FIAU investigator Jonathan Ferris

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Maria Pace
6 December 2017, 11:55am
The Institute of Maltese Journalists appealed for harsher penalties for crimes against journalists.

While welcoming yesterday’s arraignments for the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, IGM appealed for harsher penalties for those found guilty of any murder, attack, or threat against any journalist,

IGM also said that protection towards journalists in such situation should be considered.

It also appreciated the ongoing work by Maltese authorities during the last seven weeks, particularly the police, the army, the security services and the international help. “This moment marks the beginning of the road to justice,” the statement said.

Civil Society Network also took note of last night’s arraignments and the ongoing judicial process.  

“CSN is disappointed that the Caruana Galizia family has not been duly informed and concerned by the police commissioner's failure to give comments at this crucial stage,” their statement said.

CSN hoped for justice to be truly served, including on those who commissioned the murder, not merely the executioners. 

In the meantime, CSN said it believed it is crucial that full protection is given to former FIAU investigator Jonathan Ferris and that the Panama Papers scandal and the FIAU practices continue to be investigated.

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Maria Pace joined MaltaToday in 2017.