Capitalism without oversight has the inherent possibility to destroy democracy – no matter how long it has been functioning in a given country.
“Hungary comes first with us.” Victor Orban electoral campaign poster in Miskolc, Hungary, March 2018. NurPhoto/Press Association. All rights reserved. The last couple of years have seen a worrisome trend of rising illiberalism across democratic societies. President Trump’s victory, the Brexit vote, emerging right-wing forces in Germany – these are all examples that the liberal democratic consensus is in serious crisis.
When the Cambridge Analytica scandal first broke — and along with it, the news that the company had boasted of using deceptive and illegal tactics to sell Brexit — Parliament asked Mark Zuckerberg to show up and account for himself. He told them to go fuck themselves.
The murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Ján Kuciak and many other journalists were not due to fate, but to structural deficiencies in state institutions that should have protected them.
10 April 2018, Malta, Bidnija: Activists Pia Zammit (L) and Clemence Dujardin in front of the improvised cenotaph of the murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia opposite the palace of justice. Lena Klimkeit/Press Association. All rights reserved.The brutal killings of investigative journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Ján Kuciak came as tragic reminders that Europe remains a dangerous place for journalists. How European states respond to these murders will shape not only the future of the press, but also that of our democracies.