Joint letter to MEPs on behalf of "Daphne Caruana Galizia prize"

Following the assassination of the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the ECPMF and Transparency International EU, along with other media freedom groups, call on the European Union to create a special prize in her name to promote and support independent investigative journalism around Europe.

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Brussels, 24 October 2017

To Members of the European Parliament,

Re: Daphne Caruana Galizia: death of an investigative journalist in Malta

As representatives of Europe’s journalistic, media freedom and anti-corruption communities, we call for the European Parliament to establish a Journalism Prize in the name of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

She was assassinated whilst investigating complex allegations of corruption in an EU Member State, and we are determined to support continuation of her fearless work.

In order to achieve a lasting legacy of independent international collaboration, to hold power to account to and provide Europe’s citizens with full and accurate information we further support a permanent funding line for investigative journalism in the European Union budget.

We pledge to honour the work of Daphne Caruana Galizia and all other journalists who have been killed just for doing their jobs, and we count on you, our elected representatives, to support threatened journalists.

Yours sincerely,

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

Osservatorio Balcani e Causcasi Transeuropa

International Press Institute

South East Europe Media Organisation

Pistalka, the whistleblowing network

UNS, the Serbian Journalists Association

Professor George Plios, National and Kapodistrian University, Athens

Index on Censorship

Transparency International EU