Numerous initiatives honoured the memory of Maltese anti-corruption journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered six months ago, while in London her sons accused the Maltese government of inaction.
In London on Monday, dozens of people gathered in front of the Maltese Embassy, waving photos of the murdered journalist with the hashtag #JusticeForDaphne.
“What we are asking for is not only the justice for this murder but also the justice for the crimes on which our mother wrote,” her son Matthew Caruana Galizia, told AFP on the sidelines of the demonstration. “Currently, in Malta, we have a double impunity: both for the murder of my mother and for all the corruption on which she wrote.”
Accompanied by his brother Paul, Matthew Caruana Galizia described the anniversary of his mother’s death as “a second funeral” and denounced the Maltese government’s management of the case as “a public relations campaign”.
The investigation concerning the death of the journalist is still in progress. Three men, charged on December 5, pleaded not guilty to making the bomb that killed the journalist and participating in a criminal organisation.
A mass was celebrated in the evening by the Archbishop of Malta, Bishop Charles Scicluna, just before a vigil in the Maltese capital.
“We have come together to defend the principle of freedom of the press because any attack on a journalist is an attack on press freedom,” said Pauline Mevel, who heads the organization Reporters Without Borders of the EU.
Six more vigils were held in London, Edinburgh, Washington, Berlin, Dresden and Amsterdam, at the call of the International Federation of Journalists.
In addition, 45 journalists from 18 media outlets (including Le Monde, The Repubblica, The Guardian and The New York Times) have conducted investigations for five months “to complete” the work of the Maltese journalist under the name “The Daphne Project.” They began publishing their work on Tuesday.