Saturday 16 October will mark four years since the brutal assassination of Malta’s best known investigative journalist and anti-corruption campaigner, Daphne Caruana Galizia. A landmark public inquiry into her killing found the state bore responsibility for her murder. To honour her memory, and to renew our call for justice and accountability, a group of Maltese people living, studying, and working in London, together with several free expression and anti-corruption organisations, will organise a candlelight vigil in London outside Malta High Commission on Friday 15 October.
What: A vigil to pay tribute to the courage of Daphne Caruana Galizia, and to renew our call for justice and accountability.
Where: Malta High Commission, 36-38 Piccadilly, London W1J 0LE. Nearest Tube station: Piccadilly Circus.
When: Friday 15 October, from 5pm to 6pm BST
Who: The vigil is co-sponsored by the Maltese community in London, ARTICLE 19, the Association of European Journalists, the Commonwealth Journalists Association, Index on Censorship, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, and Transparency International-UK
Press contacts: Robert Zammit, for the Maltese community in London, at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Sarah Clarke, ARTICLE 19, at email@example.com, William Horsley, Association of European Journalists and Commonwealth Journalists Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Jessica Ní Mhainín, Index on Censorship, at email@example.com ; Aurélia Dondo, PEN International, at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Azzurra Moores, Reporters Without Borders, at email@example.com; and Susannah Fitzgerald, Transparency International-UK, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on 16 October 2017 when a car bomb detonated as she drove away from her home in Bidnija. 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. So far, eight men have either admitted to or been charged with complicity to kill her.
On 29 July 2021, a landmark public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia published its conclusions, finding that ‘the State has to shoulder responsibility for the assassination because it created an atmosphere of impunity, generated from the highest levels in the heart of the administration of the Office of the Prime Minister and like an octopus spread to other entities like regulatory institutions and the police, leading to the collapse of the rule of law.’ Our organisations call on the Maltese authorities to accept the Board of Inquiry’s detailed recommendations, to publish a plan of action on how they will be implemented and to ensure better protection of journalists going forward.