Jason Micallef, the chairman of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, took to Facebook yesterday to mock the immortalised last words of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was assassinated in a car bomb last October.
Caruana Galizia’s last blogpost, uploaded minutes before her murder, ended with the unexpectedly premonitory phrase “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate”.
Posting a photo of last night’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Spinola, Jason Micallef said: “The situation is desperate. There is happy people every where you look [sic].”
This was intended as a dig at people demanding political responsibility for Caruana Galizia’s murder, using the photo as proof that people are enjoying the status quo.
Malta Tourism Authority chairman Gavin Gulia and government consultant Robert Musumeci also weighed in with scornful comments of their own.
A day earlier, Micallef described Caruana Galizia as being “divisive in her life and worse in her death” as he posted photos of a now torn-down banner demanding justice for the assassinated journalist that activists had erected to commemorate five months since her murder.
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sons laid into Micallef on Twitter, with Matthew Caruana Galizia attempting to bring it to the attention of the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
“Are all your national representatives imbeciles who demonise and threaten the independent media, or is it just Jason Micallef?” he asked.
— Matthew Caruana Galizia (@mcaruanagalizia) March 18, 2018
State-funded washed-up peacock @JasonMicallefPL lays into assassinated journalist #DaphneCaruanaGalizia with her own last words, enlists unwitting St Patrick’s Day crowd to support his argument, proves how right she was. #Malta https://t.co/gKen3O5Io5
— Andrew Caruana Galizia (@acaruanagalizia) March 18, 2018
Nice. @JasonMicallefPL, @MaltaGov‘s Chairman of #EuropeanCapital of Culture #Malta, displaying how cultured he is. One his quotes about #DaphneCaruanaGalizia: “divisive in her life, worse in her death”. https://t.co/MBZFsCruJn
— Paul Caruana Galizia (@pcaruanagalizia) March 18, 2018
Meanwhile, anonymous activists have over the past few days stuck stickers with the words ‘Who Killed Daphne?’ in public places – including at payphones and the Spinola Love Sign.