Programme of events to commemorate Daphne

Daphne Caruana Galizia

#OccupyJustice and are organising a number of events in the run up and on the day of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s brutal car bomb assassination last year. It is important to note that a year later, the public is no closer to knowing who orchestrated the plot which led to the journalist’s demise.

A week before the anniversary – Sunday 7th October – will see the London-based comedian Steve Hili performing an evening of satire as part of the Justice and Truth programme. This will be in the open air square next to the Attard church.

Valletta will once again be occupied by a Demonstration for Justice and Truth on Sunday 14th October, with people gathering in front of the Suq tal-Belt in Merchants Street and walking down Old Theatre Street and Republic Street. This will be attended by International entities Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, and PEN International.

For the more academically inclined, a Freedom Lecture in memory of the Daphne will be given at the University of Malta by Mr John Sweeney. The investigative journalist has worked with The Observer and the BBC programmes Panorama and Newsnight. His accolades span from an Emmy to an Amnesty International award and a number in between for his investigative work on Kosovo, Algeria, and Chechnya among others. This will be held at Hall E, Gateway Building.

On the 16th of October, a year from the day of the blogger’s murder, holds a silent gathering in Bidnija, the site of the explosion. There will be no fanfare or speeches, but a silent memorial at 2.30pm in the field where Daphne’s life was ended.

This will be followed by a mass being held in Valletta at St Francis Church at 6.00pm for which the Archbishop appointed Rev. Can. David Cilia due to his absence from Malta on the day. Right after the mass, there will also be a vigil in Great Siege Square which shall be attended by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom; International Press Institute; Reporters Without Borders; Committee to Protect Journalists; and PEN International.