A civil society NGO has shared images of distasteful placards that were left at the makeshift Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial in Valletta.
The placards featured phrases such as “Daphne was possessed by the devil” and “Daphne needed an exorcist”, leading to Occupy Justice asking what could “possess someone to write something like this”.
“119 weeks after Daphne was assassinated, we found these lovely messages at the memorial,” the group said today. “This is what state-sanctioned hatred of a journalist has brought us to.”
Caruana Galizia was blown up in a car bomb outside her Bidnija home in 2017. Since then, an investigation into her murder has rattled people at the highest echelons of Maltese society and led to former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s resignation.
Activists asked if new Prime Minister Robert Abela would condemn the work while dragging former Justice Minister Owen Bonnici in as well.
“Robert Abela, will you condemn this sort of discourse? Will you tell people that it is unacceptable? Or can we just expect more of the same?” they asked, before asking what Bonnici would do about this in his new role as Education Minister.
“The education system coupled with the constant propaganda spewed out by the media and TV stations has led to where we are now, where a journalist can be assassinated and half the population cheer,” they said.