On October 16th the European Parliament organized a live event on its Facebook page with the Parliament’s Vice-President, Heidi Hautala and MEP David Casa. The two politicians were joined by Andrew Caruana Galizia, son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist who was murdered in 2017.
The purpose of the event was to announce the creation of the Caruana Galizia Award, which will be for the best journalism reflecting the EU’s principles and values, as enshrined in the European Charter of Human Rights. The European Parliament considers that protecting freedom of the press in the world, and in particular investigative journalists in the exercise of their functions, is in the vital interest of democratic societies.
The Parliament will soon appoint an independent organization to decide the exact criteria for the award and the composition of the jury.
A call for nominations for the award will be launched probably on World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd 2021. The annual award ceremony will take place each year around October 16th, the anniversary of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death.
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