On 3 May, the World Press Freedom Day, the European Parliament officially launched the call for submissions for entries to the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism.
The Prize rewards on a yearly basis outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights.
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said: “The reality is that journalists investigating uncomfortable truths are being targeted for doing their job. While everything was done to silence Daphne, she will never be forgotten. Every year, the Prize bearing Daphne’s name honours her memory. It is a powerful reminder of the European Parliament’s commitment to safeguard press freedom and the safety of journalists”.
The Prize is open to professional journalists and teams of professional journalists of any nationality to submit in-depth pieces that have been published or broadcast by media based in one of the 27 European Union member states. The aim is to support and highlight the importance of professional journalism in safeguarding freedom, and equality.
An independent jury composed of representatives of the press and civil society from the 27 European member states and representatives of the main European Associations of Journalism will choose the winning entry. Each year, the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism is awarded at a ceremony in mid-October coinciding with the anniversary of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination to honor her memory.
The prize and the €20 000 prize money demonstrates the European Parliament’s strong support for investigative journalism and the importance of free press. Over the last few years, Parliament has warned about attempts both in the EU and beyond to undermine media pluralism.
MEPs have denounced the attacks on journalists, particularly from politicians, and called on the Commission to table legislation against abusive lawsuits. Last year, a proposal was presented to tackle malicious litigation against journalists and activists and this is currently being dealt with by the co-legislators.
Journalists can submit their article(s) online at https://daphnejournalismprize.eu/ by 31 July 2023, 12 PM (CET).
Who was Daphne Caruana Galizia?
Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese journalist, blogger and anti-corruption activist who reported extensively on corruption, money laundering, organised crime, sale of citizenship and the Maltese government’s links to the Panama Papers. Following harassment and threats, she was murdered in a car bomb explosion on 16 October 2017. The outcry over the authorities’ handling of her murder investigation ultimately prompted the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Critical of failings in the investigation, in December 2019, MEPs called on the European Commission to take action.
In October 2022, five years after her assassination, Parliament acknowledged the progress in the judicial proceedings and the reforms adopted in Malta. However, MEPs regretted that the investigations have led to only three convictions and insisted that everyone involved, at every level, needs to be brought to justice.