In­victa, a book on the life and work of Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia

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More than 20 friends, jour­nal­ists, artists and aca­demics have come to­gether to com­pile a book on the life and work of slain Mal­tese jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia. Pre­orders for the book, In­victa, are be­ing ac­cepted un­til the end of the month.

Con­trib­u­tors in­clude For­mer Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights Judge Gio­vanni Bonello, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists Mo­gens Blicher Bjer­regård, for­mer US Am­bas­sador Dou­glas Kmiec as well as The Guardian jour­nal­ists Jonathan Freed­land and Luke Hard­ing.

Caru­ana Gal­izia was Malta’s most prom­i­nent jour­nal­ist, as­sas­si­nated by a car bomb on 16 Oc­to­ber.

“This book of­fers a good snap­shot of the is­sues sur­round­ing the life, work and death of Daphne and should be of value to any per­son of good will who seeks un­der­stand­ing and im­prove­ment,” said the edi­tor, Joseph An­thony De­bono.

In­victa lays out the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of her friends to the gen­eral pub­lic, in an ef­fort to bring some bal­ance to the pop­u­lar per­cep­tion of Daphne. “Very few knew the woman be­hind the pen. And she suf­fered from ex­treme dehumanisation over the years, to the ex­tent that what most peo­ple came to hear about her was dis­torted through the at­tacks of her ene­mies,” he added.

A num­ber of jour­nal­ists then ex­am­ine is­sues re­lated to the cur­rent state of jour­nal­ism and to Daphne’s con­tri­bu­tion to it. In her field, she broke ground as a woman who shrugged off con­ven­tion and de­pen­dence to forge her own roller­coaster ride through the pro­fes­sion. In­victa also in­cludes con­tri­bu­tions from women jour­nal­ists in Malta who show the ex­tent of her achieve­ments, the chal­lenges she faced and even prob­lems fac­ing the pro­fes­sion today. The book also con­tains the story of how her blog came to be and the ex­pe­ri­ence of a keen reader. Fi­nally, a num­ber of aca­demics take up the pen to ex­am­ine a num­ber of is­sues re­lated to mat­ter. They look at is­sues and mat­ters re­lated to jour­nal­ism, writ­ing, the po­lit­i­cal state of the is­land, the undimmed brav­ery of the woman, and free­dom of ex­pres­sion. Be­tween the late 1980s and 2017, Caru­ana Gal­izia made a name for her­self for her elec­tric tone of commentary, her shat­ter­ing in­ves­tiga­tive sto­ries and her will to leave no stone un­turned. This de­ter­mi­na­tion won her ad­mi­ra­tion and ha­tred in equal part, but un­par­al­leled read­er­ship, in Malta and abroad. She fought for the cause of democ­racy, good gover­nance and free­dom of ex­pres­sion. All con­trib­u­tors to this book gave their time and ef­fort for free, and all prof­its from this book will go to a cause cho­sen by Caru­ana Gal­izia’s fam­ily. A copy of the book may be pre­ordered by send­ing an email to: in­victa@thep­er­ti­nent­ The dead­line is 30 Novem­ber. Pre-or­ders are avail­able at the dis­counted price of €30; €40 af­ter pub­li­ca­tion. The book is edited by Joseph An­thony De­bono and Caro­line Mus­cat.

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