Malta is less free after Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder

What does the killing of blogger and journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia mean for Malta, and its society and politics? What kind of impact on the country do you expect? Read few comments.

Roderick Pace, Director of the Institute for European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair, University of Malta

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination was intended to silence her because she was an outspoken critic of the Maltese establishment who told people what no one else had the courage to tell them. She often stepped in where our institutions failed us.  Maltese are indebted to her for all this and her passing leaves a void that cannot be easily filled, we are today less free than we were before. CARUANA Galizia was left isolated by all and extremely vulnerable to the kind of fatality which she suffered.

There is a growing sense of insecurity amongst many Maltese who for years now have been worried by the slow but steady erosion of the rule of law. The sooner that the perpetrators and motives of this assassination become known, the better for all. But I am not confident that this will happen quickly and the uncertainty is bound to persist for a long time as well as the mistrust of our institutions, until the case is closed.

The impact which her assassination will have on Maltese society is  difficult to predict. Her assassination has rocked the foundations of our society and exposed in very emphatic terms the darker side of these islands. But unless useful lessons are drawn from this tragedy we will never succeed in navigating toward safer waters. Ultimately, is there the political determination and nous to reshape our society and render our institutions more transparent, fair and true servants of the people?

Godfrey Baldacchino, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Malta

The atmosphere is quite surreal. The country is still coming to terms with the barbaric murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia following a powerful car bomb explosion. No journalist has ever been a victim of such a horrific act before in Malta.

Many are considering the event as a threat to freedom of expression and the role of a free press in a democratic society. When we express an opinion, especially a critical opinion, we are to do with with a more powerful sense of conviction.

We now also turn our attention to the investigation of this murder; the Government of Malta is making it quite clear that it is supporting a thorough investigation, with foreign expertise and advice.

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