Malta car bomb death shows ‘open season’ on journalists (932 killed 2006-16) – the ugly price for TRUTH

From RadioNZ

1 Nov 2017

Opinion – The car bomb killing of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia shocked many people around the world, not just in Malta.

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Daphne Capuana Galizia was killed by a car bomb. Photo: RadioNZ


There appears little doubt that Galizia was killed because of her reporting into wrongdoing in Malta and her constant criticism of powerful figures in that country. There are concerns too that the police in Malta will not properly investigate her killing.

But, as shocking as her murder was, unfortunately it is not unusual.

According to UNESCO 932 journalists were killed for doing their job from 2006 to 2016. Worse, it also reports that their murderers are brought to justice in less than 10 percent of these cases.

All too often there is no investigation or just a cursory inquiry into a killing.

In an effort to put a spotlight on violence against journalists – after campaigning by journalists’ unions – the United Nations made 2 November the Day to End Impunity.



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