Three Billboards For Slain Journalist Set Up In Imitation Of Hollywood Movie
'Living in Malta at the moment is pretty much like living in a mafia movie'
Inspired by the new Oscar-nominated movie ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, activists have put up three billboards along the Coast Road and Regional Road demanding justice for assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The three billboards, all black on red - in the same style as the Hollywood movie, carry the messages to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat: “A JOURNALIST KILLED. NO JUSTICE.”; “A COUNTRY ROBBED. NO JUSTICE.”; “NO RESIGNATIONS. NO JUSTICE.”
The movie tells the story of a mother who rents out three billboards several months after her daughter's murder in an attempt to challenge the police to solve the case. Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, it has been nominated for seven Oscars including for the best original screenplay and the best motion picture of the year.
“We were inspired by the film, because with the Maltese government’s disregard for the rule of law, living in Malta at the moment is pretty much like living in a mafia movie,” activist group OccupyJustice said. “The country is rife with corruption and there is not even a semblance of justice being carried out. Yet, the government refuses to address this because it is feasting on a culture of impunity.”
OccupyJustice are demanding the resignations of tourism minister Konad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri after they were implicated in the Panama Papers, as well as of police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar and Attorney General Peter Grech for failing to prosecute them for corruption.
The billboards were erected exactly four months since Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb. Three men have since been charged with her murder, but their motive for allegedly killing her remains a complete mystery as they have all refused to speak to the police.
Besides the billboards, several banners with the words ‘Who Killed Daphne?’ have also been erected at key vantage points across Malta.
A candlelight vigil for Caruana Galizia will be held at 6:30 this evening in Valletta.