Eight vigils will be held across the world today to mark six months since the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb outside her home.
The vigils, which will be held in Valletta, London, Berlin, Dresden, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Brussels and Washington DC, are being organised by Maltese activist group Il-Kenniesa along with eight global press freedom groups – Reporters Without Borders, Index on Censorship, Transparency International, English Pen, Scottish Pen, Committee to Protect Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom.
“Journalists are killed twice. First they are murdered and then those who commissioned their murder and their supporters do everything in their power to bury their memory; Daphne’s makeshift memorial being destroyed nine times is a stark example of this,” Il-Kenniesa activist Tina Urso said. “But the international community is working tirelessly to keep Daphne’s memory and what she stood for alive, and so are we. Kenniesa’s base has grown a lot internationally, which is how I got this idea of using our resources well to make this possible with Maltese living abroad who have been wanting to do their part but didn’t know how.”
Banners were erected overnight in key locations around Malta
Details of today’s vigils:
Malta Vigil: Valletta, Great Siege Square at 19:00
London Vigil: Outside Malta High Commission, Piccadilly, at 13:00 (UK Time)
Berlin Vigil: Outside the Malta Embassy, Klingelhöferstraße 7, 10785 at 17:30
Edinburgh Vigil: Outside Scottish Parliament, at 14:00 (UK Time)
Amsterdam Vigil: Outside Malta Consulate, Minervalaan 111, 1077 NV
Brussels Vigil: Rond – Point Robert Schuman at 13:00
Washington DC Vigil: Organised by RSF(USA), Outside Embassy of Malta at 11:30am
Dresden Vigil: Oraganisaed by ECPMF, Kreuzkirche am Altmarkt, An der Kreuzkirche 6, 01067, at 17:00.