Public forum: Fighting for safety for journalists and whistleblowers

The European United Left (GUE/NGL) group is holding an event in the European Parliament on January 30 to discuss the European campaign for the protection of whistleblowers and journalists.

Protecting the truth: Safety for journalists and whistleblowers

Tuesday January 30, 18.30-21.00

Room A1G2 18.30 – 21.00

European Parliament, Brussels

In Honour of the journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia

See further details, and register for the event, here.

GUE/NGL MEPs are hosting a forum on the campaign for the protection of journalists and whistleblowers in the EU. The event is open to the public and will feature interventions from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (via Skype), Luxleaks reporter Edouard Perrin, Julie Majerczak from Reporters Without Borders and David Couso, whose brother, cameraman José Couso was killed by US forces in Iraq. The forum will be held in honour of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in the presence of her family members Andrew and Matthew Caruana Galizia.

The safety of whistleblowers is not guaranteed in the EU. In recent days we have celebrated Luxleaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour’s court victory in Luxembourg, but at the same time his colleague Raphael Halet’s sentence was upheld by the court. Both whistleblowers were involved in the same leak revealing the controversial tax deals granted to many of the world’s largest corporations by the Grand Duchy during the period in which Jean-Claude Juncker – now head of the European Commission – was Prime Minister of Luxembourg. Edouard Perrin, the journalist receiving this leak, was acquitted of all charges.

The European Parliament’s Panama Papers Inquiry Committee included several proposals on the protection of whistleblowers and journalists in its Recommendations voted on last December, repeating a call for protection made many times by the Parliament in recent years. But despite the promise of the European Commission to bring forward legislation on the EU-wide protection of whistleblowers by last year, we are still waiting.

For journalists, the situation is not any better. Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered last year in Malta, after she  exposed several cases of corruption and money laundering involving government officials as well as opposition parties. She worked with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the Panama Papers leak. Her death prompted the European Parliament to adopt a resolution condemning her death and calling for an independent investigation into her murder, and to send a fact-finding delegation of MEPs to Malta in November to investigate the state of the rule of law in the country.

Outside the EU, the most troublesome case is Mexico, with 114 journalists assassinated since the year 2000, and already one killed this year.

The GUE/NGL group is organising a public forum to discuss this campaign and invite you to participate in this event in Brussels.

Sponsoring MEPs include Stelios Kouloglou, Miguel Urbán, Patrick Le Hyaric, Martin Schirdewen, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, as well as MEP Javier Couso. More information can be found here.