Written by transparency international on October 21, 2017
This week, once again, we were painfully reminded of the risks many brave journalists take when reporting on corruption and denouncing the powerful.
Three weeks ago we wrote to you on Universal Access to Information Day about the vital but often dangerous role journalists play in the fight against corruption.
Last Monday in Malta we were shown how high the stakes are when another investigative journalist was murdered for her work bringing corruption to light.
We condemn the barbaric murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia – killed when a bomb attached to her car was remotely detonated next to her house. She courageously exposed organised crime and corruption in Maltese politics and the shady secret deals, uncovered in the Panama Papers, that show how politicians and others hide illicit wealth behind secret companies.
This brings the death toll of journalists killed in 2017 to 30.
We brought together a group of 17 civil society and investigative journalism groups to demand the authorities in Malta bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. We’re also calling on the UN to take greater steps to project investigative journalists – and you can too.
Only when corruption is uncovered can action be taken to hold criminals to account. Those who expose corruption must be protected, not intimidated, incarcerated or murdered.