‘Older men on a bench’ insult media rights campaigner at Daphne memorial

Credit: Monique Agius

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Reporters Without Borders’ UK Bureau Chief has reported that while putting up posters at the memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia, she was called a ‘bitch’ by male onlookers.

Vincent explained that the word was shouted a number of times during the activity, by a number of ‘older men’ who sat across from her.

Taking to Twitter, Vincent said that although, “Those who are out here every day get it far worse,” this antagonism and contempt, “shouldn’t be the norm.’ Therefore those still protesting, “deserve our support.”

The Great Siege Memorial across from the Valletta Court has been a host to the memorial to the murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and to monthly vigils held calling for governmental action to find those responsible and to address the revelations she uncovered.

At the same time, it has also become a regular occurrence for the memorial to be cleared and then replaced. The Justice Minister was criticised last November because of a court decision to clear the memorial. Justifying the actions, Dr Owen Bonnici had explained that, “once an activity ends, everything must be cleared.” This has angered many Maltese activists and astounded foreign observers.

Vincent said in a different tweet that it was, “Not something we’ve seen in any other country where a journalist has been assassinated.”

The news comes only days after Repubblika reported that a number of private citizens had been photographed removing the image of Caruana Galizia from the memorial, shortly following the 22nd vigil.

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The rule of law NGO had described this as an act of vandalism and “an act of uncompromising hatred of democracy.”