PEN America Joins the Call for Justice for Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—PEN America joined fellow PEN Centers and members around the world today in calling for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s preeminent investigative journalist, on the 6-month anniversary of her assassination. In an open letter published by PEN International, over 250 prominent writers and PEN members and staff called on the European Union to ensure an independent and effective investigation into her murder and expressed concern over Maltese authorities’ attacks on her memory and her family. Officials in Malta are pursuing 34 libel cases against Caruana Galizia, and the Prime Minister has initiated a libel case against her son, Matthew, himself a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Signatories to the letter included PEN America President Jennifer Egan and a host of other literary luminaries and prominent journalists: Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Yann Martel, Paul Muldoon, Ayad Akhtar, Masha Gessen, Molly Crabapple, Ian McEwan, and Khadija Ismayilova.
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