PANA Committee demands ‘international investigation’ into Caruana Galizia assassination

The committee paid tribute to the journalist, who was killed on Monday, with a minute’s silence, while condemning the attack in ‘the strongest possible terms’

The PANA Committee observed a minute's silence before this afternoon's meeting in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia
The PANA Committee observed a minute's silence before this afternoon's meeting in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The PANA committee has called for there to be an international investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The chairman of the committee, Werner Langen, said it would like to remember Caruana Galizia after she was murdered in front of her house on Monday. “We condemn this act in the strongest terms and we demand an international investigation brought to justice.”

Langen said Malta was a small country in which Caruana Galizia had continually exposed corruption, insisting she “did everything necessary to try and uncover these situations even the most powerful people were involved”.

“Today we remember Daphne, who certainly had many friends,” he said, stressing that Caruana Galizia had formed part of the international research team investigating the Panama Papers.

Langen insisted that press freedoms and the freedom of opinion in EU nee to be protected at all costs.

“Everyone of us who went to Malta in February this year and spoke to her and other journalists about the Panama Papers, will not forget her,” he continued.

Caruana Galizia was one of the journalists interviewed by members of the committee who visited Malta back in February in a fact-finding mission investigation the revelations from the Panama Papers leak in 2016.

He reiterated that, “such occurrences are completely unacceptable in an EU member state”.

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