The Malta Independent 24 October 2020, Saturday

Malta marks three years since assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Friday, 16 October 2020, 10:35 Last update: about 7 days ago

Malta today marks three years since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The investigative journalist was killed by a car bomb in Bidnija on 16 October 2017.

Her murder triggered a political crisis which led to the resignation of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his former chief of staff Keith Schembri and former Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi.

It also led to a wave of protests and the resignations of other public officials, including former Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta and Attorney General Peter Grech.


Three men – brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio and Vince Muscat - have been charged with the murder, and businessman Yorgen Fenech has been charged with being a mastermind behind the murder.

Schembri, who has been arrested and interrogated twice, is believed to have tipped off Fenech about the police investigation. He denies the accusasion.

Civil society groups are holding a number of events to mark the third anniversary of the murder.

Repubblika, together with the Malta Institute of Journalists, is this morning holding a discussion for Maltese journalists at the foot of the Great Siege monument in Valletta, which has served as a memorial to the slain journalist for the past three years.

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A silent vigil will be held at 3pm in Bidnija, at the site where Caruana Galizia was killed. Archbishop Charles Scicluna will later hold mass in suffrage of Daphne Caruana Galizia at 6pm, also in Bidnija.

A documentary tracing the aftermath of Daphne’s assassination, ‘When they come undone’, will be released on Facebook at 8pm. The documentary is also being shared by independent media houses, including The Malta Independent.

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