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International organisations demand an end to impunity two years after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta

first_img RSF Report: The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Malta’s deteriorating press freedom climate October 14, 2019 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information News Two years after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, on 16 October 2019, we, the undersigned international free expression, anti-corruption, and journalists’ organisations, once again demand an end to impunity for this heinous attack. October 16, 2019 International organisations demand an end to impunity two years after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta RSF_en News Follow the news on Malta Malta: Intensification of pressure against The Shift after founder was awarded RSF press freedom award Six of our organisations took part in an international freedom of expression mission to Malta one year ago, where, at the highest levels of government, we raised our profound concerns about this case and the broader worrying free expression environment in Malta – which has fallen 30 places over the past two years and is now ranked 77th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index.A full year after our mission, the Maltese authorities have failed to meaningfully address any of the serious concerns we raised, or fully implement any of the recommendations we outlined in our statement of findings as necessary steps towards ensuring justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and concretely improving the broader freedom of expression situation in Malta.Following our mission, one member of our delegation was subjected to verbal abuse by the Maltese delegation before the United Nations (UN), in response to her advocacy for justice in the case, an incident which the UN noted in its report on reprisals. Another member of our delegation faced harassment at the Valletta protest memorial site during a subsequent country visit.Yet these unacceptable acts pale in comparison to the alarming attacks that have continued – and in some cases, escalated – against Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family, citizen journalists and activists who campaign for justice in the case, and professional journalists who continue to pursue public interest investigative reporting in Malta. We also note with deep concern the many vexatious defamation lawsuits that continue posthumously against Daphne Caruana Galizia, including suits brought by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and other senior officials, and the continued destruction of the Valletta protest memorial in her honour, on a daily basis under government orders.Although we welcomed the Maltese government’s long-overdue announcement on 20 September 2019 that a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination would finally be established, we emphasise that an inquiry must be fully independent and impartial. We share the concerns of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) with regard to both the terms of reference and the composition of the Board of Inquiry.While it does not replace the ultimate need for an independent and effective criminal investigation and prosecution, in light of the serious deficiencies of the current investigation, we believe that a public inquiry represents the best hope of achieving justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and of ensuring the safety of journalists in Malta. We urge the Maltese government to move forward without further delay in establishing a truly independent and impartial public inquiry in line with PACE’s requirements. We further call on the Maltese government to cease ad hominem attacks on PACE Special Rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt and to cooperate with his mandate in accordance with Malta’s obligations as a Council of Europe Member State.Today, on 16 October 2019, we are gathering in vigils to remember Daphne Caruana Galizia and renew calls for justice in Valletta, London, Brussels, Berlin, and Vienna. We will continue our campaigning and our joint advocacy at international organisations such as PACE until all those involved in every aspect of this heinous attack are brought to justice – including the masterminds.We urge the Maltese authorities to ensure that this is the very last anniversary that passes without full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.Signed:Reporters Without Borders (RSF)ARTICLE 19Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation for Journalists (EFJ)IFEXIndex on CensorshipInternational Press Institute (IPI)PEN AmericaPEN InternationalScottish PENTransparency International to go further RSF marks two years since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia with country mission to Malta and launch of new report MaltaEurope – Central Asia Council of EuropeWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence News News MaltaEurope – Central Asia Council of EuropeWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence October 15, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts October 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

GP advisor warns of hospitals becoming overwhelmed with Covid cases

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleGardai investigate sexual assault incident in BallybofeyNext articleWeather set to become unsettled, rain and wind expected tomorrow News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews GP advisor warns of hospitals becoming overwhelmed with Covid cases Google+ Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebookcenter_img By News Highland – October 18, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Hospitals will soon become overwhelmed if we don’t clamp down on rising Covid-19 cases, that’s according to a GP advisor to the HSE.1,276 new cases were confirmed nationally with 43 new cases in Donegal.As of 8pm last night, there were 14 Covid patients in Letterkenny University hospital and 2 in intensive care.Cabinet is due to meet tomorrow to discuss what additional restrictions should be imposed.A meeting of Government leaders broke up last night without any decision on NPHET’s recommendation of Level 5.Dr Ray Walley says the level of cases in the country is considerable:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/walley-virus1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Skerritt anxious to hear Wehby Task Force recommendations

first_imgST JOHN’s, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt said he is shortly looking forward to reviewing the recommendations of the Task Force on Corporate Governance Reform.Speaking after being named to the International Cricket Council’s Governance Working Group which has been tasked with examining the future governance structure of the world governing body, Skerritt said the Task Force’s feedback should be available “over the next few weeks”.“Commissioning the CWI governance review task force, led by Jamaican senator and Grace Kennedy CEO, Don Wehby, was one of the first actions we took after being elected,” Skerritt said.“Mr Wehby and his team have been hard at work ever since and I expect to begin hearing from them over the next few weeks.”The Wehby-led Task Force comprises prominent regional academic Sir Hilary Beckles, Charles Wilkin QC, entrepreneur OK Melhado and former Trinidad and West Indies vice-captain, Deryck Murray.According to CWI, the committee’s purpose is to highlight reforms to the current cricket governing structure in the Caribbean “to achieve greater transparency and accountability to shareholders, as well as all stakeholders”.The well-known Patterson Report, along with several other reports which have been done, was expected to be used as the starting point of the latest review.Over the last decade, CWI has pushed back on many significant reforms, especially those aimed at addressing the large size of the board.In 2015, a Governance Review Panel headed by UWI Cave Hill principal recommended the “immediate dissolution” of CWI and the appointment of a new board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”.The-then Dave Cameron-led board rejected the recommendation as “impractical” and an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”.Skerritt had indicated during the election campaign to unseat Cameron earlier this year that he would revisit governance reform once elected president.last_img read more