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On #WorldPressFreedomDay European Parliament President Antonio Tajani receives memento commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Today (3 May), on World Press Freedom Day, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (pictured) will be receiving a memento commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia and her struggle for truth from Maltese artist Kevin Scerri, in the presence of the mother and father of the murdered journalist.

The ceremony will be followed by a declaration to the press at 16h30 at level 9, PHS building in Brussels.

In view of the ceremony, President Tajani said: “The European Parliament is at the forefront to protect journalists, their quest for truth and their independence.

"They are the real guardians of our democracy. The rule of law, the very foundation of our Union, stands to suffer when they are threatened, silenced or worse, injured or murdered as is the case with the barbaric murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak.

"Daphne and Jan, we did not forget you. We will not forget you. We will continue to call, strengthened by the voice of 500 million citizens, that justice be done. We want real justice, not only with those who pulled the trigger, but also with the masterminds and accomplices. That is the call we share with the thousands attending the funeral of Daphne and Jan.

"This Parliament wants to strengthen the protection of investigative journalists. We want to guarantee the right and the duty for full, free and independent information. To this end, we are asking again today in Plenary, for concrete proposals, including financial support, to support investigative journalism.

"We also ask for legislative initiatives by the Commission to protect journalists from intimidatory law suits intended to silence them with financial retaliation.”

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Today, the president will also open a media event on 'The Situation of the Media and Freedom of Expression in Turkey'  with European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiation Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

“We cannot be credible in our call for media freedom in Turkey and around the world, if we cannot guarantee the protection of journalists in Europe," the president said.

Click here for the audio-visual coverage of the President’s opening address of the event on the 'Situation of Media and Freedom of Expression in Turkey', starting at 14h45.

Click here for the audio-visual coverage of the ceremony whereby President Tajani receives a memento commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia starting at 16h30.

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