Index has long been reporting on corruption issues in Malta, particularly calling for the end to impunity over the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. This week the case took a new twist with the arrest of Keith Schembri, prime minister Joseph Muscat’s former chief of staff, after allegations that he was a co-conspirator in the 2017 car bombing. Index tweeted: “Hopefully we are now seeing #JusticeforDaphne”; expressed our pride in the tireless – and dangerous – work done by Caroline Muscat of Malta’s @TheShiftNews; and retweeted calls to join a protest calling for the resignation of the prime minister. At our Hay Festival session earlier this year, a lot of the audience were shocked to discover the darker side of this popular holiday island. You might be, too. Watch the video here.
Monitoring reveals more threats to media freedom
Index’s policy research and advocacy officer, Jessica Ní Mhainín, is in Paris this week for a meeting about the findings of media monitoring.
“2019 has been a busy year for the platform, with 129 alerts having been logged on the system so far,” she said. “Interestingly, four of the countries covered by Index’s Media Monitoring project (Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine) accounted for as many as 49 of those alerts. “This is part of a continuing disturbing trend of threats to media freedom in these countries, something that we continue to report on.”
Index’s work could not happen without your help, and we are hoping you will think of us on Giving Tuesday – a worldwide day encouraging charitable donations – on 3 December. This year we’re hoping to raise at least £100,000 to help fund our work over the next six months. At a time when we are witnessing a global crackdown on protest, your support in helping censored artists, writers and activists is crucial. Please donate today.
Index editorial assistant, Orna Herr, this year’s Tim Hetherington fellow, returned to Liverpool John Moores University, this week to speak to journalism students about her work at Index. Index partners with LJMU to offer the one-year fellowship working with the editorial team to a journalism graduate each year, and Herr spoke to students keen to follow in her footsteps next September.
Index on Censorship defends people’s freedom to express themselves without fear of harm or persecution. We publish censored writers and artists, monitor and campaign against censorship, and encourage debate.
We rely on donations from readers and supporters. By donating to Index you help us to protect freedom of expression and to support those who are denied that right.