Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia hon­oured at Re­porters Me­mo­rial in Nor­mandy

Malta Independent - - News -

Christophe Deloire, the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Re­porters With­out Bor­ders (RSF), un­veiled the 2018 me­mo­rial stone at the War Re­porters Me­mo­rial in Bayeux, in northern France, on Thurs­day.

Or­gan­ised as part of the week­long Bayeux-Cal­va­dosNor­mandy Awards for War Cor­re­spon­dents, this 12th an­nual cer­e­mony paid trib­ute to jour­nal­ists who were killed in the past year.

The fam­i­lies of two of the re­porters killed in the past year – Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia of Malta and Gauri Lankesh of In­dia – par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mony at RSF’s in­vi­ta­tion.

Matthew Caru­ana Gal­izia, one of the sons of Daphné Caru­ana Gal­izia, and Corinne Vella, her sis­ter, paid trib­ute to this well­known Mal­tese journalist and blog­ger just days ahead of the first an­niver­sary of her mur­der. She was killed as she left her home on 16 Oc­to­ber 2017 by a bomb placed un­der her car. An anti-cor­rup­tion spe­cial­ist, she shed light on cor­rup­tion cases im­pli­cat­ing Mal­tese politi­cians, in­clud­ing cases linked to the Panama Pa­pers.

Kavitha Lankesh, the sis­ter of Gauri Lankesh, and Esha Lankesh, her niece, also spoke dur­ing the cer­e­mony. Gunned down out­side her home on 5 Septem­ber 2017, Gauri Lankesh edited the tabloid news­pa­per Lankesh Pa­trike, in which she de­fended women’s rights, was out­spo­ken in her con­dem­na­tion of the caste sys­tem, and crit­i­cised Hindu na­tion­al­ists and con­ser­va­tives.

The many names in­scribed on this year’s me­mo­rial stone in­clude that of Fezi Shah Marai, a pho­tog­ra­pher work­ing for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Afghanistan. He was killed on 30 April 2018 along with nine fel­low-jour­nal­ists in a dou­ble bomb­ing in Kabul. Claimed by Is­lamic State, it left an over­all toll of at least 25 dead. The head of AFP’s photo ser­vice, Marielle Eudes, paid trib­ute to him dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Malta is ranked 65th out of 180 coun­tries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Free­dom In­dex, In­dia is ranked 138th and Afghanistan is ranked 118th.

The an­nual Bayeux-Cal­va­dosNor­mandy Awards for War Cor­re­spon­dents, which are be­ing held this year from 8 to 14 Oc­to­ber, have been a ma­jor jour­nal­ism event since 1994, with many French and in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists at­tend­ing its de­bates, photo ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences.

This year’s awards, in cat­e­gories that in­clude pho­tog­ra­phy, TV, ra­dio and print me­dia, will be pre­sented at an evening cer­e­mony on Satur­day, 13 Oc­to­ber.

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