Global: Crowds rally behind murdered journalist

Global: Crowds rally behind murdered journalist

Media organisations joined with thousands of people gathered in Malta’s capital on Sunday demanding justice for murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The crowds gathered in Valletta, carrying signs and placards for the 53 year-old, who was killed when a remotely detonated car bomb tore apart her car as she left her home. Many believe Ms Caruana Galizia’s extensive reporting of the Panama papers and illegal political dealings is linked to the incident.

People in the crowd held up signs which read “No justice, no peace”, “No justice without change”, and “Your silenced voice is now louder than ever”. One protester told the AFP news agency that the authorities had “blood on their hands” while another said politicians were only crying “crocodile tears”.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat did not attend the rally, saying “I know where I should be and where I should not be”. Opposition Leader Adrian Delia also failed to attend, stating that he did not want his appearance to “stir controversy”

Both men were targeted by Ms Caruana Galizia for their links to the Panama papers.

Newspapers also rallied behind Ms Caruana Galizia showing solidarity through their front pages. All seven of the country’s Sunday papers united to splash the same message, “The pen conquers fear”.

In response to the the public outcry, the Maltese government has offered a €1million ($AUD1.5 million) reward for any information on who killed the journalist, with the government describing the incident as “a case of extraordinary importance which requires extraordinary measures”.

Trump causes millennials to pay for news in record numbers

Millennials are subscribing to news publications in record numbers, surpassing any other age group, suggests new data out of the US.

The Reuters Institute 2017 Digital News Report suggested two major findings: young people are more willing to pay for quality content because of subscription services such as Netflix and Spotify, and election of Trump has bumped growth in subscription rates to news outlets.

The New Yorker has doubled the number of new millennial subscribers over a year, since Trump’s election victory in November 2016. Similarly, The Atlantic’s number of subscribers aged 18-24 increased 130 per cent for print and digital from the same period a year earlier.

The report demonstrated that new subscribers in the millennial age bracket rose at a rate three times greater than any other demographic.

Nic Newman, the lead author of the 2017 Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report, says young people more likely to be on the left, are boosting subscriptions in the U.S.

“That is really a lot of what’s driving it: young people who don’t like Trump who subscribe to news organizations that they see as being a bulwark against him.”