Wanted: Closure on the Daphne Murder

Time, it seems does not heal all wounds, only direct action can do that.

Policeman looks on the remains of Daphne's car
Policeman looks on the remains of Daphne's car

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Social Psychologist Prof Maryanne Lauri said that the country needs closure on the issue of the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Speaking on Newsbook Hour on 103, Prof Lauri said that such closure would enable the country to start its healing process and move on from the current simmering animosity.

Two years after the assassination, Prof Lauri observed that the country is roughly divided into three: Those for whom the death was an atrocity and an attack on freedom of speech, those for whom Daphne got ‘her just desserts’ for her uncompromising criticism, and those who could not care less. Lauri discards the third group as largely non-participant in this debate. Focussing on the first two, Lauri said that for them, for reasons diametrically opposed to each other, Daphne and her murder are very important.

One solution for closure

 The current level of animosity and tenacity both from the side of those who seek to keep Daphne’s memory alive and from those who would like to see her memory obliterated, has, according to Lauri, one common solution. “Find the mastermind of the whole operation” urged Lauri, adding that this is the key to resolution and closure. She explained that closure is very important in the grieving process and this has, so far been denied. “If the mastermind is identified and brought to justice,” said Lauri, “those who keep her memorial alive on a daily basis would feel that justice has been done, even if the dead cannot be brought to life. On the other hand, those for whom Daphne was nemesis would breath in relief. These latter’s latent belief that justice is still pending would be assuaged and they too would be able to move on.

The interview was part of a series of memorial interviews being compiled on the second anniversary of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. A commemorative program will be broadcast on Wednesday 16th October, the anniversary of the murder and Newsbook.com.mt will be carrying out specialised reportage.