Symbolic empty chair for Daphne at PEN congress

There is an empty seat in the 84 PEN congress as a symbol of the PEN International’s global membership of writers in support of the call for a public inquiry regarding the assassination of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed in a car bomb at il-Bidnija less than a year ago.

PEN International is an international association of writers founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. The association has autonomous International PEN centers in over 100 countries.

PEN remembers Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed in #Malta almost one year ago with the symbolic #EmptyChair at the #84PENCongress. PEN International’s global membership of writers supports the call for a public inquiry into her death.

— PEN International (@pen_int) September 27, 2018

PEN International is one of the five NGOs which will be investigating the murder of the journalist between 15-17 October. The result of their investigation requires the conclusions to be presented during a press conference on 17th October at 9am.

The NGOs include Reporters Without Borders, the Commitee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and the International Press Institute.