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EU should have cared about Malta before journalist died, says deputy

Malta
14.11.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Brussels (dpa) - It‘s "unacceptable" that the assassination of a journalist was needed to prompt the European Union into debating rule of law and press freedom in Malta, an EU lawmaker charged on Tuesday.

"The harassment of journalists, the blackmailing of independent media by banks connected with money laundering, the involvement of government officials in tax evasion" - all this was happening, with police remaining silent, said Esteban Gonzalez Pons, a member of the chamber‘s largest parliamentary group, the European People‘s Party.

Pons was one of several members of the European Parliament who took part in a debate on Tuesday prompted by the assassination of the 53-year-old newspaper columnist and critic Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Deputies are set to vote on a resolution Wednesday that calls on the European Commission "to establish a dialogue with the Maltese government regarding the functioning of the rule of law in Malta and to ensure respect for European values."

The EU parliament also renamed its press conference room in Strasbourg in Galizia‘s memory, attended by the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, as well as members of Galizia‘s family and representatives of Reporters Without Borders.

Galizia was killed by a car bomb a few meters from her home in Malta on October 16.

 

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