The loss of Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LETTERS -

In 1987, Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia’s voice started res­onat­ing more than oth­ers and grew into a jour­nal­is­tic force. She was a woman of tal­ent whose art was writ­ing. Her dili­gence and good work gained her a solid, in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion.

Her voice was si­lenced last Mon­day, 16 Oc­to­ber.

There are no words harsh enough to con­demn the tak­ing of her life with such vi­o­lence.

Such a bru­tal act in­stils a sense of vengeance within the com­mu­nity. Vi­o­lence breeds more vi­o­lence and is never the an­swer or the so­lu­tion. There­fore, we must all make sure that no abuse in which­ever man­ner goes un­de­tected. We should have the means and pro­tec­tion to do so with con­fi­dence.

The Na­tional Coun­cil of Women be­lieves in free­dom of ex­pres­sion. In­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism is es­sen­tial for democ­racy. Jour­nal­ists have a mis­sion which takes them beyond what is ac­ces­si­ble; they must have the courage to ex­pose the facts and the will­ing­ness to put them­selves out there so that ev­ery­one will know what they have dis­cov­ered. They, like all oth­ers who are car­ry­ing out their duty, should feel safe and pro­tected.

The Na­tional Coun­cil of Women sends its con­do­lences to Mrs Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia’s fam­ily and loved ones. Mary Gaerty Pres­i­dent Na­tional Coun­cil of Women

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