An elderly man has been caught on camera removing a framed photo of Daphne Caruana Galizia from a makeshift memorial in Valletta and tossing it at the murdered journalist’s own sister.
French TV programme Enquête Exclusive yesterday published an investigative feature into Malta, which included a sting operation that prompted the suspension of Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates’ license to act as an agent for the IIP sale-of-citizenship scheme.
At one point, Caruana Galizia’s three sisters can be seen gathered around the Great Siege Monument, which activists have used as a justice memorial for the murdered journalist for the past two years.
Two elderly passers-by then approaches the monument and shouts at the sisters, warning that the monument “doesn’t belong to you” and accusing them of breaking the law.
They then take matters into their own hands, ripping photos and slogans commemorating Caruana Galizia off the monument and knocking floors into the soil below.
When one of the sisters, Helene Axiak, confronts them, the man ignores her entirely and tosses a framed photo of her murdered sister straight at her chest.
“It’s not a fucking graveyard,” he says, as he walks off.
“They can’t understand that when a journalist gets killed, it’s their own rights which get flouted,” her sister Mandy Mallia says. “They cannot understand this and I’m sure they’ve never read a word Daphne wrote.”