Watch: “Our mother fought even while powerful people plotted to kill her” – Caruana Galizias

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“She [Daphne Caruana Galizia] fought even while powerful people plotted to kill her” said the sons of the assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a statement which was read out by their aunt Corinne Vella to those present at the 10 month vigil demanding justice for Caruana Galizia. Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia reiterated that their mother kept up the fight even when Malta became “collateral damage to the senseless greed of a few men”.

The Caruana Galizias noted that the murder took place in a climate when the Opposition was effectively removed.

They encouraged those present to not remain silent on the Egrant inquiry saying that their mother referred to the same inquiry as a “sham”.

Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia asserted that “all of us have became scapegoats” noting that some were more than others. They said that Malta’s “favourite scapegoat” was now eliminated, there was no one else to absorb the blows.

Read Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia’s message here.

“Criticising the Prime Minister is now on par with treason” – Manuel Delia 

Manuel Delia in his address maintained that the false sense of patriotism fuelled by the Prime Minister led to a situation where criticism became equated with treason.

Delia claimed that the Government’s mission encompassed the hiding of the truth as well as making people forget what they already know. According to Delia, the Government projected its own lies on others and threatened people with arrest. He rhetorically asked whether Muscat will be arrested for claiming that the whistleblower and former Pilatus Bank employee, Maria Efimova, was a Russian spy. A claim which Muscat had made during a pre-electoral press conference. Delia asked those present what went on at that time that had made Muscat conjure that a foreign government wanted to topple the Muscat’s administration. He also called on the Opposition to take action.

“Egrant Inquiry: a textbook illustration of a propaganda machine in full swing” – Lizzie Eldridge

Author Lizzie Eldridge told those present that the truth still holds despite the amount of Government’s spin. Appropriating of the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat use of “serenity”, Eldridge had harsh words when describing the country as being “steeped in blood, corruption, lies and death”. She criticised the Egrant inquiry referencing Orwell’s 1984 and describing it as “a textbook illustration of a propaganda machine in full swing”. Eldridge argued that the “criminals and suspects became victims” while those demanding justice were labelled “traitors”. She made her case by quoting Orwell’s 1984 ‘If one is to rule, and to continue ruling, one must be able to dislocate the sense of reality’. She concluded by telling those present that the search for justice, truth and basic fundamental human rights was a “rightful” one and that they were able to see through “serenity”.

“Ours is a cry for good governance” – Jessica Debattista 

Artist Jessica Debattista reminisced the two occasions during which she had the opportunity to meet the late journalist. She said that Daphne Caruana Galizia impressed her with the genuine interest she had shown in arts. She described Caruana Galizia as an artist with acute observation skills which were reflected in her writing especially when describing the Maltese character. Up to 2014 Debattista was not keen on politics and only started to follow then, claiming that Malta then became a world of corruption and manipulation. Debattista went on to say that as an artist she sought to see the beauty in life however she could share Caruana Galizia’s feelings when she saw what was happening around her. Debattista concluded by telling those present that theirs was “a cry for good governance and no to corruption”.

In his speech, Winston Psaila, a retired teacher addressed the present generations saying that “tomorrow belongs to them”.

Ranier Fsadni, an opinionist, spoke of the need that in his words exist for people to understand the whole truth.

Monthly vigils demanding for justice 

Hundreds of people went to the makeshift memorial on Thursday evening to commemorate the 10th anniversary since the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated just outside her home in a car bomb.

James Vella Clark

Month after month many gathered in Great Siege square keeping her memory alive and demanding justice. To date it is not yet known who commissioned her murder.

The speakers during tonight’s vigil were Winston Psaila, Jessica Debattista, Ranier Fsadni, Lizzie Eldridge, and Manuel Delia. A message from the assassinated journalist’s sons Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia was read out to those present by Corinne Vella.