Art installation, memorial lecture on third year since Daphne’s assassination

Miguela Xuereb

A number of Maltese artists working in various media have joined forces to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia with an art installation called “Justice for Daphne is Justice for Your Right to Know.”

The art installation is the initiative of Repubblika, #occupyjustice and, who will also be organising the third annual Daphne Caruana Galizia Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by Sky News journalist and correspondent Alex Crawford.

The organisers said that the collective exhibition, curated by Repubblika president-elect Alessandra Dee Crespo,  will bring together painters, cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and poets “who have responded to this attack on our democracy with their art.”

A digital projection of their art will be held on an all-purpose LED screen which will be set up near the Great Siege Monument in Valletta – where an impromptu memorial to Daphne has been maintained – from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 October, from 9am to 10pm.

The launch of the exhibition will be held on 15 October at 5pm on the Repubblika Facebook page, with the artists speaking about their artworks during this programme.

The participating artists are Robert Agius, Marisa Attard, Steve Bonello, Jon Borg, Rosa Borg, Celia Borg Cardona, Paul Borg Olivier, Burlò, Debbie Caruana Dingli, Paul Ellul, Cédric Falzon, Joe ‘Spider’ Farrugia, Gattaldo, Ġorġ Mallia, Immanuel Mifsud, Pepito, Pippa Zammit Cutajar, Darrin Zammit Lupi, and Żigli Jonathan Borg. Mallia has also designed and produced an interactive catalogue of this installation, which will be made available for download.

Memorial lecture moves online

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s lecture, on the theme “Journalism Under Attack” will take the form of a webinar which will take place on Tuesday, 13 October at 7pm.

The previous lectures had been addressed by the BBC’s John Sweeney and La Repubblica’s Carlo Bonini.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Crawford, who joined Sky News when it was launched in 1989 and who became a foreign correspondent in 2005. She was the Sky News correspondent in the Gulf and the Middle East and covered the Arab Spring uprisings. She has been named Journalist of the Year a number of times and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2012. More recently she reported on the Hong Kong riots, and her work there earned Sky News a Bafta Award for news coverage.

In her lecture, Crawford is set to discuss notable examples of modern-day journalists like Daphne Caruana Galizia and talk about how hostility towards journalists was growing worldwide.

Registration for this webinar is open via email on