On the first anniversary of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Occupy Justice organised a demonstration appealing for justice and truth. The demonstration took place along Triq ir-Repubblika and ended in Pjazza l-Assedju l-Kbir where a number of speeches were delivered.
Manuel Delia, one of the organisers, said the day was the start of a campaign for truth and justice. He said liberties are threatened and added that since her death many have dedicated their lives to ensure that whoever killed her would not kill her work. Delia said flowers will continue to be placed outside Court until a time is reached when they will no longer be removed. He said that without the fight being put up by civil society the truth would be forgotten.
Among other speakers, Pia Zammit spoke as a member of civil society. She said that Malta is not a normal place and worse than that, Malta is losing its soul. She said the people deserve better. She said that Minister Owen Bonnici is censoring society and on more than 20 occasions, flowers and candles placed in memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia have been removed.
At the start many questions were asked as to who was responsible for killing Daphne Caruana Galizia, who wanted her dead, who ordered and paid for her death and who has no interest in the truth being revealed.
The crowd was also addressed by a number of speakers from international NGOs. They said it is shameful that after a year whoever ordered the death of Caruana Galizia has not been brought to justice. They asked whether Malta is a society where criminals are brought to justice or whether a place where journalists may be killed and criminals allowed to walk freely. They criticised the Government’s decision to remove the flowers being placed outside Court in her memory.
At the end of the demonstration those present sang the Maltese national anthem and placed flowers and a large picture of Caruana Galizia in front of the Great Siege Monument.
Before the event a Mass was celebrated for the repose of the soul of Daphne Caruana Galizia at the church of St Francis. In a message sent from Rome and read during the Mass, Archbishop Charles Scicluna reminded the congregation of what he had said in his homily for her funeral Mass when he appealed for journalists not to be afraid and never to tire from performing their role of being the eyes, ears and lips of the people without fear while respecting truth.
He appraised the memory of other journalists who were killed last year and said that journalists deserve state protection and that of society in order for them to safeguard the freedom of all citizens.