Last Friday on TVM’s Xarabank, host Peppi Azzopardi unearthed and played footage of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s first ever television appearance, on a talk show hosted by Peppi himself about 25 years ago.
In the interview, a rarely seen side of Caruana Galizia emerges: a little shy, actively pro-gay rights, and even talking highly of soon-to-be Prime Minister Alfred Sant.
In the footage, Peppi makes reference to how hard it was to convince Daphne to appear on his show, how different she is in person from what he had imagined, and asks her about the ferociousness in her writing, mistaking it for anger.
Daphne appears very approachable, and a little uncomfortable in the spotlight, but never backs down from any question.
She calls herslf “a very content person”, and when Peppi asks again about the anger in her writing, she coyly replies with “sometimes I make my readers laugh as well.” She is then asked to imagine what she would do if she was an editor and she had the opportunity to employ Daphne Caruana Galizia. With a giggle, she immediately says she would “give her a contract of ten years, and pay her a lot as well.”
She praises Alfred Sant for getting rid of the “thugs and bullies”, and then gives a call for the acceptance of homosexuals in Malta – something much less accepted in Malta in the mid-90s. Already beginning to show her razor sharp wit, she points out that while Maltese people might see homosexuals as “freaks”, she knows “a lot of freaks who are heterosexual.”
Reactions online showed that many people had never seen this side to her, and with people also sharing her beautiful Pinterest account, it seems that a large part of the Maltese population is finally finding out who the real Daphne Caruana Galizia was.