As Malta prepares for the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, not everyone is thrilled that the late journalist is being given so much prominence.
A banner has been erected at the entrance to Valletta to promote ‘Daphne Eroj Maltija’ – a new documentary about Repubblika’s Caruana Galizia, Occupy Justice and journalist Manuel Delia which will be launched tomorrow.
However, Delia warned that a number of people reacted to it quite violently, with one stranger going so far as to cut his lip in the promotional image.
“Even now they hate the memory of her words and want them silenced. They are ready to use violence, weapons, just to silence her,” he said.
And that was not the only case he encountered.
He said a man growled out loud at the sight of Caruana Galizia’s picture and wondered how ‘they are making a saint out of the woman who wanted all the working kids to die of cancer’.
Although Caruana Galizia never said those words, a fake screenshot alleging she did was circulated on social media after her murder and it clearly stuck in the minds of some people.
Delia said another man, wearing a tourist guide tag, shouted at her in the middle of Valletta that if Caruana Galizia was still alive, “I would kill her myself”.
“‘Why would you say that?’ I challenged him.Another loud and soul-destroying exchange ensued, although I have to say that the man finally acknowledged that even if the things he had been told that Daphne had written were true, the pain of death is always disproportionate, but he did not withdraw his own perversely posthumous fatwa,” Delia wrote.
Several events were organized to mark the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Caruana Galizia, including a conversation with renowned British journalist Carole Cadwalladr on October 15 and a silent rally, demonstration and vigil on October 16.
Will you celebrate this weekend the fifth anniversary of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia?