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Dear Daphne

17 October, 2017 10 comments

I was going to refer to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder as a tragedy for her family and a catastrophe for journalism, for freedom of speech and for Malta. But her son, Matthew, today stated,

This was no ordinary murder and it was not tragic. Tragic is someone being run over by a bus. When there is blood and fire all around you, that’s war. We are a people at war against the state and organised crime, which have become indistinguishable.

and he is right. This is terrorism. This is war. It’s bad enough that in this ‘developed’ ‘first world’ country, a member of the EU no less, corruption is not only rife, it’s accepted; rewarded even. We always knew that whoever stood up against it would not get far, but I never thought that they would end up dead.

I wasn’t an avid follower of DCG but I read her blog now and again. I especially followed the case of Erin Stewart Tanti, the teacher who murdered his student girlfriend back in 2014, as well as her information on corruption within the government. I didn’t always agree with her tactics or her tone, but I celebrated her right to expose the truth. It’s not a sad day, it’s an absolutely fucking terrifying day when people are being murdered to cover up these truths, and the law enforcement, tasked with investigating this murder are publicly stating that they are glad she is dead.

“Everyone gets what they deserve, cow dung! Feeling happy :)”

I feel sick. I’ve felt sick since I heard. I feel afraid. More than ever I feel like I have to be careful what I say, what I write, what I think. I’m used to bearing hoards of abuse and threats if I ever mention any part of Malta that could be improved, but now, can we expect to be bombed in our homes for daring to speak our minds? Malta should be ashamed right now. I hope, at least, that this senseless, cold-blooded crime can at least act as the catalyst for change. Let’s make sure it does.

10 comments

Christiane 17 October, 2017 - 12:07 pm

Dear Rhi,

I am so glad to find a note about Daphnes Caruana Galizias murder on your blog! I used to live in Gozo a while ago and am still following several blogs written from Malta or Gozo and: nothing! Nobody mentioned a word… So disappointed and shocked to see the political tendency the country seems to be drifting to. A shame!
All the best from Germany & keep it up.

Christiane

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Anon 17 October, 2017 - 1:22 pm

What happened yesterday was a horrific thing done by people who cannot stand that the country is moving forward.

I understand that as someone who does not speak the local language sometimes your news is limited to English ones and that unfortunately usually means not getting the full story, not having the full context and worst of all getting the news from timesofmalta and independent that both have the same biased perspective of things. And I do not mean about this story, I mean about all the stories that have happened over the last 5 years. And I say this to your claim that “corruption is not only rife, it’s accepted; rewarded even”. I am sorry but this is just bull. Despite the stories over the last 4 years corruption has probably been the lowest it has ever been. It is just before it was never reported on(that’s what 3 decades in power gets you)

You mention that you were not an avid follower, then I suppose you will be forgiven to not know that she has conducted a lot of hatchet jobs over the years, sometimes towards people that are not in the public eye. She repeatedly proven in court to have lied.

To simply blame this on corruption and the failure of state institutions is lazy and simply jumping on the opposition bandwagon. The failure of state institutions is an unproven claim made by people who found themselves in opposition after three decades in power with all their friends in high places. That would be quite an accomplishment for the current government if it managed to replace all of the people that were put there since the late 80’s. This has nothing to do with corruption. This was cold blooded murder plain and simple. Was it a political murder? Probably, but by whom? Well if you want to shortlist suspects you would just have to look at who she attached.

We have one group which is JM, Mizzi and Schembri and recently(but ever so harshly) the new leader of the opposition. Then of course hundreds of other who have been hurt by her pen over the years.

My problem with blaming it on the first group is what did they have to gain? They already won an election hence proving her stories did not effect their political lives.

On the other hand Delia has a lot to gain, firstly by using this horrific murder to his political advantage and secondly to get her to stop butchering him on her blog.

Well then there are just so many who hated her is it possible one of them was just a crazy nut job?

Well I hope that with this text I convinced you that this is nothing but black and white.

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Rhi 17 October, 2017 - 3:23 pm

I don’t really get all the points here as I didn’t claim anything you’re countering here. I don’t know who did it and I didn’t blame anyone. But she was murdered to keep her quiet, which is something we cannot accept, no matter our personal feelings towards the woman.

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Miuh 17 October, 2017 - 4:16 pm

Anon, me too, I don’t know who could have done or ordered it. But I just would like to remind you, that some people (for example those, who have just won elections, but could be others aswell) could have a lot to lose for reasons we just don’t know (yet).
One question is, why do / did so many people hate her, just because she did speak up, name things and bring them to the public – maybe because many of them had or still have to something to lose?
And let me say one thing more: if she would have been a crazy woman who just had spread lies and nuts stories, no-one would have taken her for full or cared for her. But obviously she did hit many targets right…
I hope very much, she has kept those documents safe which could tell all of us who was the one or the group who had “too much” to loose to let her further publish and talk. Miuh

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Anon 17 October, 2017 - 8:53 pm

Yes Miuh that is very possible that she was about to release something that someone did not want released.

But I suppose that something could have been about anyone. Regarding the panama papers I guess she would have exhausted everything before the election(unless she got recent info). Well we know who she had her focus on lately.

She was no crazy woman but if you read her blog you would realize there was a lot of gossip and sharing of embarrassing facebook pictures. We know a lot of people cannot resist gossip especially if it reinforces pre conceived notions in their head.

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Anon 17 October, 2017 - 8:46 pm

Well you quoted Matthew in “we are at war against the State” and implied that this is a result of corruption. I am guessing corruption in the government?

Whether you intended to or not I think that pretty much puts the blame on people in the current admin. I was merely trying to say that there are many possible people who wanted to shut her up.

But I agree that murder of a journalist is lightyears past being unacceptable no matter our feelings or the quality of her work.

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Miuh 17 October, 2017 - 2:51 pm

Dear Rhi, you are so right! And thank you for writing it.
I was shocked, I am shocked and I feel as you do. I used to have a feeling of safety in this country, and it’s all gone now. This is a tragedy for both, for Daphne, her family, friends and supporters as well as for the truth for the outspeaking, for the courage, for the whole country. It feels for me like having lost Malta.
One thing I would like to let you and your readers know: this case, this murder, this terror has been well remarked internationally, even in Germany and Switzerland, be it by bloggers, in the newspapers, in the radio… the attention is there. I hope, this helps to find te truth and finally to find peace and courage back. It would be a pitty for this nice country. Miuh

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absolutely prabulous 17 October, 2017 - 11:43 pm

I have to say I don’t really follow what The Anon person was saying because as you point out, you haven’t named people or come down on one side or another. Guilty of the poison pen or not, popular or not, hated or not, respected or not respected, she didn’t deserve to be taken out like this. It’s utter barbarism. And I hear you. Love the way you wrote this. x

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John Caruana Dimech 30 July, 2018 - 3:50 pm

Hate Bloggers shoe be never confused for Journalist

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Rhi 30 July, 2018 - 5:06 pm

Blogger, journalist, asshole… doesn’t matter what anyone thought she was, it was no one else’s right to decide to end her life. You don’t get to decide that.

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