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EU+CoE stress Daphne Murder link to Press Freedom+Anti-Corruption:+Malta needs European Supervision?

Escrito por ACM
03.05.18
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Both EU Parliament in Brussels and CoE in Strasbourg, this week, linked WebNews Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's Murder with the Freedom of Journalism Day, and this was Extended further to the PanEuropean Organisation's Anti-Corruption Fight, as mirrored in its specialized Watchdog, "GRECO"'s Annual Report Publication, Critical on National Judges and Prosecutors, who need Supervision, according to CoE's a.o. Findings.

 

 
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 - Democracy needs for Journalists and Medias to be able to work in a Free, Safe and Independent Environment, acting as Guardians for the respect of Rule of Law, reportedly stressed EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, at Press Freedom Day, (while receiving a Symbolic Artwork from a Maltese Artist and the Murdered Journalist's Parents), vowing to Not Stop until Efficient Investigations Find the Mastermind of that Brutal Killing and Justice is done.


 - President Tajani, who has already Expressed to "Eurofora" his Readiness to Cooperate with the CoE in the Investigation of Daphne's Brutal Murder, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncoeandjournalistmurder.html), will soon find a Useful Help in "Heavy Weight" MEP Peter Omtzigt, a mainstream, Hyper-Active ChristianDemocrat/EPP Dutch MEP that CoE Assembly's Legal/Human Rights Committee has just Elected as special Rapporteur for that Crime, Last Week in Strasbourg.

 
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However, an UnExpected Problem for Omtzigt will, probably, be what really looks as a possible Cover Attempt to ... "HiJack" Daphne's Murder by precisely those who used to ... Censor her !


Indeed, Daphne had been Pushed, by a Systematic Censorship from her former Mainstream Newspapers of the Establishement, (mainly her "Weekly" Column at Malta's "Times", after DeParting from the "Independent", etc, which did Not Publish her Critical Investigation Findings, because they were "Pressured" by a Socialist Government and its Cronies, who Threatened, inter alia, to Cut Paid Adds, as the Victim's Son, Paul, Denounced to "Eurofora" : something that even mainstream "Economist" evokes), towards the Creation of a Website News Media at the Internet, where she could Freely Publish what she Believed Necessary, as a Real Journalist, i.e. Conscious of her Duty to the People and the Society, and Independent-minded, already as early as since 2008.


Nevertheless, a Loud Publicity was Recently made about a Group of Exclusively ... Mainstream Traditional Medias of the Establishment, including even her own usual Censor : the "Times of Malta" (sic !), added to an omni-presence of Notoriously pro-"Socialist" Newspapers, (such as, f.ex., UK's "Guardian" USA's "New York Times", "Le Monde", "la Repubblica", etc), i.e. of the Same Political color as that of her Main Target in her Anti-Corruption Fight : the current "Socialist" Government of Malta, which Claimed to form an Exclusive Group supposed to Dominate, Worldwide, with a quasi-Monopoly on "Press Investigations" about her case...  


That's obviously Turning things Upside-Down, since Daphne's real Fight was notoriously led Thanks only to her Independent Web-News Site, Far Away from any Establishment's Media :  The Only one to Guarantee her Freedom to Publish the Articles that she Believed Necessary for the Society, and in order to "Express the Opinion of others who don't have a Platform", so that her "Voice" becomes "the Voice of our Audience" (i.e. of the People, and Not Depending from the Paycheck of a Shady or even Corrupted "Boss"), as she Wrote herself, just before her Murder.

 

That's precisely why some Hostile Mobs had brandissed Placards with Insults against Daphne accusing her to be a..."Blogger" (as Collegues Journalists Denounced : See relevant Photo).


And Politically, she was notoriously Opposed not only to Malta's "Socialist" Party, but even to those "RINOS" (as they are usually called in the USA) inside the Right, who were suspected to Seek a kind of "GroKo" or Complicity Between the Left and the Right sides of that Establishment, (something that f.ex. French former Long-Time President Jacques Chirac strived to Avoid, by Sacrificing 2 Years of his Presidential Mandate in order to Escape from any Repetition of an abhorred "Co-Habitation" with "Socialists", Contrary to what he had been Obliged to do in the Past)...

 

It's Good that, at last, some Collegues even from Mainstream, Traditional Medias of the Establishment, including several Socialists or other Left, suddenly Claimed to Seek to Help Defend the Memory of an Anti-Establishment Collegue, publishing for a Decade at an Independent, Web News Media, that she had Created and Used herself, in order to be Free to Publish, as a Real Journalist, what she Believed necessary for the Society, and in order to give an Expression to Voiceless People (as she wrote : Comp. Supra), in her Investigative and Critical Articles, withOut being Disfigured or Censored by any Shady, Abusive or Coward, if not even Corrupted "Boss", to whose PayCheck she would be EnSlaved, and Depending, having to Obey to his Orders, as in her Past. As well as to Claim that they will Help the Enquiry to Find and Punish those Responsible for her Brutal Murder.

 

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But, Where were They, when Daphne was Censored, for Years, by one of their likes (Comp. Supra) ? Why did they Abandoned her Alone to Face a Long Series of Personal Attacks in the Courts by Powerful Political Opponents sueing her for "Libell" ? Where was their "Help" when she and her Family had to Face even several Harassments, Insults, various Aggressions, Threats, etc., culminating up to her Killing ?


In Fact, it's Obvious that any Credible (and Efficient) Collective Attempt to seriously Help to Search, Find and Punish those who are mainly Responsible for Daphne's Horrible Assassination, canNot Really Exist withOut, at least, the Active Participation of New, Independent and Critical, Non-Establishment Web News Medias, more or less Similar to her's, and, at any case, Inspired by the Same main Values, Ethic and Principles of what is Real Journalism's Mission in nowadays Society, and its Duty vis a vis the People and Democracy, that she explicitly Defended, (according even to ECHR's well known Case-Law under Article 10) also just a few Days Before her Violent Death, (Comp. Supra + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/wejournalistmurder.html).


+ Particularly when her 3 Sons, Andrew, Mathew and Paul Caruana-Galizia, in an Article exceptionally Published this week Together with CoE's Anti-Corruption Watchdog "GRECO"'s Annual Report, Denounce mainly the Fact that "Investigative Journalists .. have No Prosecutorial Powers .... Their work can have immediate Effects on the Corrupt, Where Press Freedoms are Strong, and Law Enforcement Authorities are Independent from central Governments and Private Interests".


 - "But in Countries where there is No Will or Capacity to Prosecute the Corrupt Figures they Expose, Journalists often become Targets themselves", and even "the State's full Force is brough down, Not on the Corrupt, But on the Journalists and WhistleBlowers who Bring their Corruption to Light", they Warn. Thus, f.ex., "statisticsshow us that a Journalist is Murdered when institutions Fail to Investigate corruption, when they Fail to Prosecute it, and when they fail to deter it in the first place. The Murder of journalists betrays Institutional Failure, and Extreme levels of corruption".


By a Coincidence, CoE has just Started on 2018 to Check the Law Enforcement Authorities of about 50 Countries, (including Malta's, where Daphne's Family has already expressed their Distrust vis a vis several Members of the Local Police, particularly when "Reuters" and Other Medias reported that Someone had Warned the 3 Suspects for the Brutal Killing of their Mother, Before they were Arrested, so that they had enough Time in order to Hide several Material Proof items).


But concerning the Key role of Prosecutors (Comp. Supra) and Judges, CoE's Anti-Corruption Body, "GRECO", has Already Completed a Full Overview, during Recent Years : Until 2017, which was just Published Today.   

         

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- "GRECO" "includes Media" and "Civil Society" "in its site Visits, as an Important Window", because Several among them "Work tirelessly to Espose Corrupt and DisHonest Behaviours", reminded that CoE Body's President, Marin Mrcela, vice-Chair of the Supreme Court of Croatia, (the InComing CoE's Chair from Mid-May up to November 2018). "Paying Tribute to the ...FearLess Woman, Daphne ... : the Maltese Journalist was Brutaly Murdered, and whose Investigations Focused, precisely, on Corruption Issues", Mrcela stressed that "her Legacy, and the Work of Other Investigative Journalists should be Supported and Encouraged, as Transparency is Key to Accountability".


- But, precisely, "2017 was a "Dark Year"” for Anti-Corruption", Because "Many Allegations ... in public and private organisations have Eroded people's Trust in them", while "Judges have been Dismissed or Imprisoned and the independent and impartial work of many Prosecutors has been Undermined; Election campaigns have been Polluted,...and Journalists ...have been Silenced, Imprisoned or Killed", Denounced "GRECO"s President.    

     
- In order to Fight Against that phenomenon, concerning, in particular, Prosecutors and Judges, we should Not "Over-Rely on the Repressive aspects of Fighting Corruption, too often Underestimating the Strength and Effectiveness of Preventive mechanisms", he points out from the outset.


- Among them, it's Mainly "the NEED FOR SUPERVISION, and Enforcement of the Legislative framework" where it's already "in place", that is "Actually" a "Concern area", in relation with "the Actual Implementation of Existing Rules", GRECO's President Denounced.


Indeed, according to the Facts revealed Today in GRECO's Annual Report, while, f.ex., "Prosecutors" had "Implemented" More CoE's "Recommendations" than Judges. Nevertheless, It's also PROSECUTORS who Needed much More "Supervision and Enforcement" of Standards, as well as "Ethical principles and Rules of Conduct", than Judges, reveal CoE's Statistics.

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JUDGES, on the Contrary, while them too Needing some Checks, (more for "Supervision", and comparatively less for "Ethical Principles"), nevertheless, they Faced the Most Risks of Corruption in the area of their "Recruitement, Career, and Conditions of Work", GRECO's latest Statistics denounce.

Such Stats do not, however, seem always accurate, neither an absolutely pertinent indication : F.ex., Malta's relevant situation appears, according to GRECO's Statistics, as ...much Better than that of France (sic !), particularly as far as it concerns Prosecutors, while French Judges seem to be in a Catastrophic Situation, with Much More cases of "Not Implemented" Recommendations, than "Partially Implemented", and ... ZERO "Implemented ! It's Hard to Find Worse elsewhere, and everybody knows the Judicial System's obviously Excessive Intereference at the 1st Round of 2017's French Presidential Elections, (Only Belgium having a Similar Situation, concerning Judges), as even Bulgaria and Azerbaijan etc., look Better on GRECO's Stats, (particularly on Prosecutors, with many Recmmendations Implemented)... Those French Stats are, However, Older (from 2016), and it's to Hope that the situation would have been (at least partially) rectified more recently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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Malta's Socialist Prime Minister Muscat, has Notoriously Boasted, in the thorny case of the Brutal Murder of Daphne, (a consistent Critic of his Policies), that he Invited USA's "FBI" to Help boost the National Investigation.


But this move is Far from Convincing, particularly Nowadays, since, already inside the USA, a large Part of the FBI has Notoriously been Recently Discredited, in the eyes of Many American People, Often Accused to have shown excessive Complacency vis a vis Hillary Clinton's and the Democratic Party's (Left) various "Affairs" in the Past, (including the Non-Elucidated Killing of a WhistleBlower, etc), to have been too much Compromised with former President Barack Hussein Obama, but, on the Contrary, to be Too Intrusive and Aggressive against the New US President, Don Trump, (of the Republican Party's Right), and all his entourage, (Assistants, Counselors, Lawyers, even Family members, and Himself) recently.


+ At the Same Time, Many Critics also Denounced the Fact that, during Recent Years, the FBI has shown a Dangerous Incapacity and/or Indifference into Preventing or Curbing Deadly Islamuist Terrorist and other Attacks cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People, (among Others, see f.ex. the Case of an Alaska suspect who had Denounced himself that some were Pushing him to Kill for ISIS' aims, But was let Free by the FBI, which even Returned his Gun back, soon before he Actually Kills several Victims in a Florida Airport, etc), while it was, on the Contrary, Eager to Spy on Innocent Christian Organisations and other Critics of former President Obama's Controversial policies on Imposing "Same Sex Marriage" everywhere, Federal Funding of Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, Submission of Children to the Power of Homosexuals under "Adoption" Pretext, (etc).


Therefore, Popular Calls to make Big Changes inside the Attorney General, the Courts, and/or the FBI Police departments, (Accused to be part of an UnDemocratic "Deep State"), have Notoriously Multiplied, recently, in the USA, so that, in such conditions, it couldn't  Change, but Stagnate the Establishment, while also Facing People's DisTrust.


=> Given all the above-mentioned Circumstances, it, therefore, Becomes Obvious that what might Help Ameliorate the relevant Situation in Malta, after Daphne's Murder, would rather be a Strong and adequate European Supervision of the Investigations.


It's precisely what the Family of the Brutaly Murdered Journalist demands, right from the Start...

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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