Daphne: 2nd anniversary memorial lasts one day and is removed

Credit: Monique Agius

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The memorial to investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was removed last night following Wednesday night’s vigil marking the second anniversary since her murder.

During the demonstration, flowers, banners and pictures had been laid at the monument.

The monument had not been touched until yesterday evening.

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Several activists have expressed their disappointment at the removal of the items by the Maltese Cleansing Department.

At 9AM this morning, flowers, candles and pictures were replaced at the memorial.

For several months now, the Great Siege Memorial has been cleaned by members of the government cleansing department. Activists have continue to replace the memorial with flowers and candles to the assassinated journalist. In September 2018, the monument was cordoned off by wooden boards, in order to do renovation works on the monument.

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Activist Manuel Delia previously opened a case against the Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and others, in the Constitutional Court. Delia argued that removal of a banner, candles and flowers was tantamount to censorship as well as breach of the rights to freedom of expression.