PROTECTING THE TRUTH: Safety for Journalists and Whistleblowers

In memory of the courageous Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, GUE/NGL MEPs and members of the ‘Panama Papers’ Inquiry Committee, Stelios Kouloglou, Miguel Urban, Patrick Le Hyaric, Martin Schirdewen, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, as well as Javier Couso, hosted an informative evening of discussions and documenatries on 30th January on the difficulties and dangers currently facing journalists and whistleblowers in Europe. The gathering featured contributions from Daphne Caruana Galizia's sons, Andrew and Matthew, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, LuxLeaks reporter and ICIJ member Edouard Perrin, plus Reporters Without Borders' Julia Majerczak.

It was also announced during the evening that a memorial prize named in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia is to be inaugurated by GUE/NGL that will support, disseminate and help protect whistleblowers, journalists and defenders of the right to information. The annual prize will be worth 5000 euros.

You can see the photo gallery from the evening by clicking here, and you can also follow the discussions by watching a recording of the event below:




In Honour of the journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia



18:30               Opening by Gabi ZIMMER, MEP & President of the GUE/NGL group


18.40               Introductory Remarks



Honouring Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia, Journalist

In the presence of her family Andrew & Matthew CARUANA GALIZIA

Video Screening


Panel Discussion

                        Freedom of Press and Freedom of Information IN DANGER

19:20               Julie MAJERCZAK, Head of Brussels Office, Reporters without Borders

                        Edouard PERRIN, Lux-Leaks Reporter, Member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ICIJ

                        Julian ASSANGE, Founder of WikiLeaks, Skype Intervention

19.50               “Memoria de un crimen de guerra” Film Screening

Discussion with David COUSO, brother of journalist José COUSO and spokesperson of the family on the fight for justice and against US impunity

20:40               Q&A / Discussion, Moderation and Closing Takis HADJIGEORGIOU, MEP


Translations available in FR, EN, ES and EL.