Internationally acclaimed author Margaret Atwood, best known for her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, released an opinion piece on The Guardian questioning why no politicians have been interrogated following Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death.
Today marks a year since Caruana Galizia was murdered, and naturally the tributes are pouring in. In a concise yet powerful opinion piece, Margaret Atwood expresses concern over the effectiveness of the Maltese authorities’ investigation.
She also makes reference to the various threats and attacks Caruana Galizia faced throughout her 30 years as a journalist. These include her house being set on fire and having her bank account frozen, as well as dealing with 43 separate libel cases against her at the time of her death.
“When a journalist is murdered, all of society suffers. We lose our right to know, to speak, to learn.”
Towards the end of the piece, Atwood makes reference to Caruana Galizia’s last words, claiming that “the situation is indeed desperate” because “freedom of expression in Malta is deteriorating swiftly”.
A bomb silenced Daphne Caruana Galizia. But her investigation lives on https://t.co/7fuPzdJ5hG
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) April 18, 2018
This is not the first time that Margaret Atwood has paid tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia, being very vocal on Twitter both in her personal authority and as member of PEN International.