Small-island journalist lights a fire

It’s not often that a small-island investigative journalist takes the stage in a five-part BBC drama. But they’ve done that this week for Malta’s Daphne Caruana Galizia. She’s played by Michelle Fairley, formerly of Suits and Game of Thrones.

You can catch it online post-broadcast: and the last live episode is today at 3.45 TT time. Check for Daphne: A Fire in Malta on the BBC Radio 4 website.

Daphne was murdered—blown up in her car two years ago, while setting off for the bank. Her son, Matthew, heard the blast; he’d been left behind to cook ravioli for the family meal. He now says: “She had the energy of ten people… She never did anything half-heartedly; she did everything with passion and intelligence.”

Malta is a long way off, in the bright Mediterranean. But it has a deeply shadowed side, which echoes small-island troubles in the ­Caribbean.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed for

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