Spotlight: Daphne Caruana Galizia
Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese investigative reporter who was murdered on October 16th, 2017. She was about to drive off in her car when a car bomb was detonated, apparently by a radio signal from an off-shore boat. Empower places the spotlight on her because of the importance of freedom of speech and the importance of investigative journalism in a free society. Her courage in the face of intimidation should be remembered.
Daphne was an example of someone who confronted both establishment and underworld figures. Her blogs sometimes had more readers than the combined readership of Malta’s newspapers. One political leader said: “A political murder took place today. What happened today is not an ordinary killing. It is a consequence of the total collapse of the rule of law which has been going on for the past four years.”
It’s interesting that we don’t talk much about the First Amendment in the United States or the 1982 Constitution in Canada that guarantee the freedom of the press. Maybe it’s less interesting than dismaying. Around the globe we see the press under attack, maybe increasingly as we see the rise of populist dictators in places like Russia, Venezuela. Over 1200 journalists have been murdered since 1992. It is not a “safe” profession.
So we pay homage to Daphne Galizia. And we hope that teachers everywhere will remember Daphne and the hundreds like her who have given their lives so that we could teach freely and so that children could learn the ‘truth’ without the interference of those who would cover up. At a time in 2018 when the attacks on the press seem to be increasingly vicious in the USA itself, it is a lesson all children should learn. This is and has always been important.
“To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement.” (Thomas Jefferson)