Stand­ing up to fear

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS - Charles Sci­cluna

Icon­demn un­re­servedly the mur­der of a hu­man be­ing, who­ever it might be, or what­ever one may think of him or her. God for­bid we re­sort to mur­der when we do not share the same opin­ion. I also con­demn who­ever com­mis­sioned and car­ried out this ob­scene act, who­ever it is, wher­ever he or she may be.

The Lord is judge; he will be the one to judge. Although ev­ery­one has the op­por­tu­nity to change his or her life and to ask for the for­give­ness of sins, we can­not es­cape jus­tice, be that earthly jus­tice or God’s. God is in­deed mer­ci­ful, but he is also just.

I pray for Ms Caru­ana Gal­izia’s fam­ily, for her hus­band, her three sons, her par­ents and her sis­ters.

At this crit­i­cal mo­ment, we must also show sol­i­dar­ity with all our jour­nal­ists and we en­treat them not to be slaves to their pay­mas­ters, but ser­vants of lib­erty and truth.

We need the ser­vice of jour­nal­ists if we are to re­main a free na­tion, as they are the ones act- ing in our name when­ever they in­ves­ti­gate abuse of power, pub­lic spend­ing, and the gen­eral state of our coun­try. Their loy­alty must not be to any po­lit­i­cal party, but to the com­mon good and re­spect for fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights, as en­shrined — at least on paper — in the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Repub­lic of Malta.

It is no longer ac­cept­able that the au­thor­i­ties rou­tinely refuse to an­swer ques­tions by the press on the grounds that such in­for­ma­tion is ‘sen­si­tive’, or that a mock­ery is made of Par­lia­ment when it is pre­sented with blot­ted-out con­tracts. It is also un­ac­cept­able that ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency in this coun­try ex­ist only on bill­boards. We de­mand facts, not empty words.

The bru­tal ex­e­cu­tion of Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia, ir­re­spec­tive of what she wrote, is a de­feat for our coun­try. I was alarmed and sad­dened to see that the vigil on the Univer­sity cam­pus hon­our­ing Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia and high­light­ing the free­dom of speech was so poorly at­tended. How is it

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