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Event | The Power of the Pen: The Creative Legacy of Daphne Caruana Galizia

mercredi 14 septembre 2022 - 9:00am

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Date and Time: Sunday 9 October 2022 17:30 – 18:30 GMT

Location St John’s Waterloo 73, Waterloo Road London SE1 8T


Join us for readings and celebration of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s fearless work and explore how poetry and literature can be used as tools to advocate for freedom of expression and ensure justice and accountability for Daphne and her family.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on 16 October 2017 when a car bomb was detonated as she drove away from her home in Bidnija, Malta. She was 53 years old. The government whose corruption she investigated repeatedly obstructed the path to justice for Caruana Galizia and her family, including by delaying a long-awaited public inquiry into her assassination. Dozens of civil defamation lawsuits continued against her posthumously. Meanwhile, human rights defenders and journalists campaigning on her case have been subjected to serious pressure, harassment, and acts of reprisal.

When a journalist is murdered, all of society suffers. We lose our right to know, to speak, to learn, to think critically. Daphne Caruana Galizia was targeted because of her work, because she dared to express her opinions, because she refused to be silenced. This hybrid event will feature diverse readings and voices celebrating Daphne Caruana Galizia, her powerful work and creative legacy. It will bear testament to the impact she continues to have on writers and artists around the world. It will further explore how poetry and literature can be used as tools to advocate for freedom of expression and ensure justice and accountability for Daphne and her family.

Chaired by PEN International President Burhan Sonmez, with opening remarks from the Caruana Galizia family and a closing speech from writer Juliet Jacques, this event will include a range of writers, poets, and artists associated with PEN Malta, English PEN, Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann, Scottish PEN and Wales PEN Cymru. The PEN Community is campaigning for full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and her family, and urges the Maltese authorities to ensure better protection of journalists.

This event is part of The Daphne Festival - happening in London, Malta and online - which marks the fifth anniversary since the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. It brings together human rights and press freedom organisations as well as journalists, artists, activists and campaigners from around the world to remember Daphne, celebrate the legacy of her work and highlight the ongoing campaign for justice. The Director of the Festival is Euchar Gravina, and it is being hosted at St John’s Waterloo. For more information, click here.

For further details contact Aurélia Dondo at PEN International, Koops Mill, 162-164 Abbey Street, London, SE1 2AN, UK Tel: +44 (0) 20 7405 0338 Fax +44 (0) 20 7405 0339 e-mail: Aurelia.dondo@pen-international.org