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Support for Maltese Freedom of Speech

  • Submitted by: James Dornan, Glasgow Cathcart, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
  • Motion reference: S5M-09918

That the Parliament condemns what it considers was the horrific assassination of the investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Malta on 16 October 2017; notes the vigil outside Malta House in London on 16 January 2018 to mark three months since Daphne's death; believes that freedom of speech is a human right; considers that investigative journalism is a tool used in almost every country to hold government and leadership to account, and that journalists across the world should be free to practice their profession without fear, or threat, to their personal safety or wellbeing; urges the Maltese Government and Malta's Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, to keep to their reported promises of conducting an open and completely transparent murder inquiry; believes that the investigation must be carried out in way that is befitting of Daphne's memory and that her family should be treated with respect, kept informed of any developments with the investigation and are at no point left in the dark; believes that this would allow them to honour   Daphne and secure justice; understands however that that some of the investigative processes have so far been reportedly less than transparent, which it considers completely unacceptable, and therefore urges the international community to continue to monitor proceedings with impartiality.

Supported by: John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Jenny Gilruth, Mairi Gougeon, Patrick Harvie, Clare Haughey, Alison Johnstone, Bill Kidd, Richard Lochhead, Richard Lyle, Lewis Macdonald, Fulton MacGregor, Ben Macpherson, Ruth Maguire, Jenny Marra, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Liam McArthur, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Ash Regan, Tavish Scott, David Torrance, Sandra White, Andy Wightman