Niall Ó Tuathail, the Galway candidate for the Social Democrats in Ireland, expressed solidarity with activists and journalists in Malta and said he hoped that Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family saw the resolution and justice that she deserves.
“I absolutely know that if you’re going to do the best job that you can as a politician you need to have the pressure and transparency from high quality journalists and investigative reporters if you’re going to do the best work. That’s the best way to make sure that people are at the heart of the decisions we make as politicians and it’s the best way to stamp out corruption”, said Ó Tuathail.
“It’s really worrying when at the heart of the EU in a country like Malta there is a murder of an investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and two years after her death there still hasn’t been the independent inquiry that her family are looking for”, he continued.
Ó Tuathail pledged that in government he would advocate for press freedom to ensure a more transparent and accountable political class, to safeguard democracy, and ensure a better quality of work from politicians.
He also outlines three ways that Ireland could lead the way in championing the cause:
1. By raising awareness of the issue and opening bilateral international discussions about it. 2. By reforming Ireland’s draconian libel laws to ensure that those with big money cannot silence media houses with SLAPP lawsuits.
3. By suggesting a new business model where the government provides citizens with vouchers to buy subscriptions to news outlets to ensure that journalists receive the funding they need to hold power to account.