“We need to witness presence to those who have great civic passion”: FNSI president’s speech at Forum 2017
“The attack against freedom of information are the newspapers that are multiplying in the world,” Beppe Giulietti, president of the National Federation of Italian Press, reminded the second Mediterranean Women Journalists Forum, stressing that “we cannot look at our own navel, defending ourselves here from gag lawsuits, forgetting the world.
Giulietti then recalled Maltese colleague Daphne Caruana Galizia: “What happened about Daphne, before and after her death? A progressive campaign of defamation. (…) Daphne was tying text and context, doing digging work: this is the real work, so she is put in the crosshairs and killed with a mafia technique.”
“Many colleagues who are following this,” Giulietti continued, “are also following Italian leads. I think the National Press Federation should ask the International Federation to go to Malta, not to pat their son on the back, but to say something different: let’s put Daphne’s investigations on our shoulders and let’s ask the women and men who are doing investigations everywhere, in Italy in particular, to take up the stories, to go deeper into them. That’s what we call a media escort.”