‘It’s time to be brave’

The need for people to stand up to corruption, to call out right from wrong, was the main message delivered by speakers at the vigil in Valletta marking 18 months since journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on 16 October, 2017.

The weakening of the institutions that are meant to protect democracy and the retaliation against those who speak out were contributing to people’s silence. On the face of it, the government allowed people to gather, only to wipe away the flowers and candles the next day; it defended freedom of expression, for those who were loyal. Yet those who did speak up faced retaliation.

They all referred to Caruana Galizia’s courage, for being unrelenting in exposing a corrupt system that eventually got her killed, “so the corrupt can make more money” Prof. Mary Anne Lauri said.

Tributes also poured in from international press freedom organisations, including Reporters Without Borders and the European

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