Three billboards and several banners calling for justice for assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia were removed by authorities less than 24 hours after they were set up. The controversial clampdown has sparked ire on social media.
The action to remove the structures was carried out on the same night that a candlelit vigil took place near Caruana Galizia’s memorial in Valletta.
It is not known if the billboards were removed because they lacked the required permits to be constructed, however the Occupy Justice movement (who put up the banners in question) have cried foul at this reasoning.
The movement pointed out that the billboards had been up for a long time, and it was more than just a coincidence that they were removed the night after they started carrying messages calling for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“The government’s zeal in enforcing planning laws on removable billboards yesterday contrasted with its eagerness to drown the country in cement and shadows.”
Occupy Justice Malta
The billboards read ‘A Journalist Killed. No Justice.’, ‘A Country Robbed. No Justice.’, ‘No Resignations. No Justice.’ and were set up in a style similar to that of the Hollywood blockbuster Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Some online comments have pointed out the stark contrast between the film’s take (where the Police Commissioner being asked for answers pays for the billboards calling him out to stay up) and Malta’s version, where the authorities took immediate action to remove them.