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Remembering Daphne: What Maltese Social Media Woke Up To One Year After Caruana Galizia’s Murder

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Since that fateful October afternoon when a car bomb shook Bidnija at around 3pm (and eventually the entire world within a couple of hours), much has been said on local social media.

Tributes, vigils, protests, arguments, fights and calls for resignations have become the order of the day for many Maltese people over the last year, so it was expected that the country would wake up to a long list of tributes pouring in on Facebook and Twitter.

One strong sentiment highlighted the fact that, a whole year on, the attempt to permanently silence Caruana Galizia had not been successful

“The power of words has never been stronger,” one tribute read. “No bomb, no assassination can silence the almighty pen. “One year on, her words ring louder.”

“Those with blood on their hands have done their utmost to airbrush Daphne from history, and the ones with guilt on their conscience have attacked, now even on a disgusting personal level, those who try to continue her work,” another post read. “Those same people are going to need to try harder.”

Some people pointed at the mishandling of the investigation into Caruana Galizia’s murder

“Whether you liked her or hated her, agreed or disagreed with her, the way the investigation into her death has been handled, the way the government deals with her memory, should be of concern to you,” former PD Leader and the party’s first MEP candidate Anthony Buttiġieġ said.

This was reiterated by many more posts, with people pointing out the hypocrisy and the sheer “air of vindication” that many applied in their “laziness” to find the true culprit and mastermind behind this murder.

“We are a proud European nation,” former Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil Tweeted out. “We do not deserve this. Refusing to accept this state of affairs does not make us traitors. It makes us patriots.”

PN Leader Adrian Delia echeod this position, lamenting the fact that “the people are still waiting for justice to be served.”

For others, this was the perfect opportunity to remember Daphne beyond her investigative work

“To silence a journalist, they killed a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a patriot,” MEP Roberta Metsola said on Facebook this morning. Going on to urge people to gather in Valletta this evening “to demand justice, truth and accountability”, Metsola went on to say that “Daphne Caruana Galizia knew the risks of speaking out, but could not remain silent. She was assassinated for it. In our Malta. In broad daylight.”

“Her elimination means that people have been deprived of information resulting from her investigation,” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech continued, moments before sharing photos from a silent vigil in Brussels honouring Caruana Galizia.

When words failed, people took to art to remember the slain journalist

READ NEXT: ‘Where Is The Justice?’: Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood On Daphne Caruana Galizia

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