The award, launched in memory of the investigative journalist who was killed in Malta, will reward journalism that reflects EU principles and values.

The launch will take place online, on Friday, starting with Romania at 13.00, on the EP’s Facebook page.

The event will be opened by Heidi Hautala (Greens / EFA, Finland), Vice-President of the European Parliament, and David Casa (EPP, Malta), Member of the European Parliament, joined by the son of the murdered journalist, Andrew Caruana Galizia, from Malta. .

Speakers will also receive live questions from the audience.

The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional journalism that reflects the principles and values ​​of the European Union, enshrined in the European Charter of Human Rights. The European Parliament considers that the protection of the freedom of the press worldwide and, in particular, of investigative journalists, in the exercise of their powers is in the vital interest of democratic societies.

Even if the award is initiated and supported by Parliament, in order to protect the independence of the award and the work of the media, the award will be managed by an independent media partner based in the EU.

The European Parliament will initiate the selection process for an independent organization that will establish the detailed criteria and decide on the jury for the award. Before the end of 2020, a tender procedure will be launched for the selection of such an organization.

The call for applications will be launched around March 3, 2021 – World Press Freedom Day. The annual awards ceremony will take place each year around the anniversary of the journalist’s assassination.

Daphne Caruana Galicia was an anti-corruption investigative journalist from Malta who was killed in a car bomb attack on 16 October 2017. She focused on investigative journalism, government corruption reporting, money laundering charges. and organized crime.