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London 14 November 2019 - "The government is fighting this process (of justice) because the assassination of my mother cannot be disentangled from the corruption she was reporting on, people in power in Malta know this". Matthew Caruana Galizia talks about how the public inquiry into the murder of his mother risks to be hampered.  

His words have been one of the most impactful moments of this annual Trust Conference hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


The Maltese government launched a public inquiry on the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia  last 19 September. 

"Any investigation designed to uncover the truth about my mother will also uncover the truth about corruption at high levels of government. So you can understand the sort of criminal motivation for preventing or stopping any mechanisms designed to deliver full justice for the assassination". 

A living lesson of freedom of speech himself, Mathew Caruana Galizia, investigative journalist as well, answered questions from Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau director for Reporters Without Borders. 

"Our duty is to take lessons from this - he said - from what was done to my mother and this can only come out of the process of a public inquiry where we investigate how my mother's murder could have been prevented how people in public office failed their duty to prevent that murder, what can be changed to stop this from happening again", said the son of the murdered reporter.

'Paying the Price for Free Speech' was one of the main focuses of the Conference along with 'Fake News, Elections and Democracy'. 

Richard Allan VP of Policy Solutions at Facebook answered many questions about media regulation and preventing foreign interference during elections while speaking in the panel, moderated by Rasmus Nielsen director of Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and touching the bleeding wounds of media and information crisis. 

Human trafficking, sex and gender discrimination, corporates responsibility, child labour have been the issue addressed in the first day of the Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre .

Over 600 delegates and guests shared experiences and to understand how to realize the impossible: fighting to end injustice and human rights violations worldwide.

Core of the issue: how to take to account businesses and multinationals.

Antonio Zappulla, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO: "The need of the world for Thomson Reuters Foundation has never been more critical. We are leaving great technology development but also deepening divide. We are turning against each other."

Jim Smith, Thomson Reuters President and CEO: "The last few years have seen a profound deepening  of erosion  of trust between individuals and institutions." 

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The forensic speaker's corner

Eyal Wizman, director of center of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmith University London, explained to the public of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Conference how, through the observation of Mediterranean sea waves direction, he and his team produced legal evidence of how Italian government lied when stated that an NGO rubber boat was carrying an illegal immigrant vessel back to Libya (with the intention of demonstrate they were in complicit with traffickers), when instead the boat was driving towards the opposite direction, the waves said!. 

All Out!


"Polish authorities have declared LGBT+ people enemies of the state. In  Poland, which is a EU member state, Pride marches are under attack", said Matt Beard,  executive director

at 'All Out'. "After the election of Bolsonaro, Brazilian LGBT+  risk even their own lives and activists get arrested". 

He launched an appeal at the Conference for us all to take action: here all the campaigns to defend internationally the rights of gay and transgender people.  


Freedom of speech and fake news debates shake the public of  Thomson Reuters Foundation Conference

Caruana Galizia' son: 'criminal motivations to try to stop the murder inquiry'