World-famous actress Meryl Streep has paid tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia for a second time, describing the assassinated journalist as an example of “true bravery”.
“Bravery is terrifying and actual, bravado is a parade,” Streep wrote in an open letter to PORTER magazine. “We see enough examples of braggadocio and bravado strutting around on the public stage. True bravery is Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, blown up in her car for reporting on the Panama Papers. I applaud and revere our female journalists — I love them, and their equally undaunted brothers.”
“We need to protect, defend and thank the current crop of journalists around the world because they, their scruples and their principles are the front-line defences of free and informed people. We need the brave ones out front picking through the field ahead of us for landmines so we don’t step on one, or elect one.”
“Journalists today, investigative journalists, and especially female journalists, are vulnerable and come under a special scrutiny online. They must vouch for their stories, put their names on them, and as a result they attract the cowardly, the bullies, the brotherhood of bots and their easily aroused armies of haters.”
Streep, who recently portrayed Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major US newspaper, in The Post, also singled out Mexican journalist Patricia Mayorga and CNN correspondent Arwa Damon for praise.
This is the second time Streep has paid tribute to Caruana Galizia. Earlier this year, US actress appeared on CNN’s Amanpour along with The Post co-star Tom Hanks and referred to the Maltese journalist’s assassination to back up her argument that the press is under siege globally.