One Year Later: Everything Happening This Week To Commemorate The Murder Of Daphne Caruana Galizia

And all you can do to show your support


Next Tuesday marks the one year anniversary since the tragic death of Daphne Caruana Galizia. A series of events to commemorate this will be happening around Malta leading up to the anniversary of her death on the 16th.

Along with the commemorations, demands for a public inquiry on the still unsolved case continue to be made by Maltese and international investigative journalistic groups alike.

Here are some of the events that are happening over the weekend and to the lead-up to Tuesday.

Sunday 14th October

1. Valletta Occupied in Demand for Truth and Justice

Starting at Suq il-Belt and heading down through Old Theatre Street and towards Republic Street, Occupy Justice and Manuel Delia have organised a demonstration to call for good governance. Anyone is welcome to take part, and Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, and PEN International will also be present there.

Monday 15th October

2. A tribute exhibition with one simple, poignant question

"What would you tell Daphne?" this exhibition's organisers asks its prospective attendees. On Monday evening, and right up to the 21st of October, Floriana's Argotti Gardens will be launching a months-long (and Europe-wide) project which asked people who knew Daphne personally, or through her writing, to share their last words with her.

3. Freedom Lecture by Investigative Journalist John Sweeney

This BBC award-winning journalist will give a lecture at the Catholic Institute in Floriana in tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia as well as other civil societies. He has worked with The Observer and the BBC programmes Panorama and Newsnight, and received an Emmy and an Amnesty International Award also.

The event is now fully booked, but keep an eye out on the event page for any updates.

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Photo: Rex

Tuesday 16th October

4. Silent Gathering in Bidnija

On this day, Occupy Justice, other civil society groups, international journalistic groups and members of the public will gather on the site of the explosion at 2:30pm to commemorate the life and work of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

There will be no fanfare or speeches, but a silent memorial to show respect to her and her family.

5. Mass and Vigil in Valletta

At 6pm that same evening, a mass will be held in her honour at St. Francis Church in Valletta. Due to his absence on the day, the Archbishop has appointed Rev. Can. David Cilia to celebrate the mass.

Immediately following the mass, a vigil will be held at Great Siege Square. It will be attended by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the International Press Institute Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, and PEN International, among other Maltese civil society groups.

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Events in London, Cologne and Brussels

If you're not in Malta right now but would like to be a part of commemorations, then you might still be able to join.

In London, a candlelight vigil will be held in the Courtyard of St. James' Church in Piccadilly at 7pm (local London time). A group of Maltese people living, working, and studying in London will be present, along with a number of free expression and anti-corruption NGOs.

In Cologne, a video installation in Daphne's name and in the name of all murdered journalists seeking the truth will be shown at the art gallery Moltkerei Werkstatt from 7 to 9pm.

In Brussels, Daphne Caruana Galizia's family and friends will be hosting a silent vigil in front of the Resident Palace. "Let us meet at noon and show the world that neither Daphne, nor Jan, nor Victoria, died in vain," the invitation states.

Tag someone who you think would want to join.

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