5 years ago today, a woman was murdered.
5 years ago today, a human being was brutally assassinated.
5 years ago today, a mother, daughter, sister, and wife died.
5 years ago today, the career of an investigative journalist was cut short.
5 years ago today, Malta, as well as its political and institutional landscape, was forever changed.
The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, and its aftermath, not only highlighted the importance of having a free press in a democratic society but shun the light on how journalists must be protected and safeguarded whilst carrying out their duty. A duty to report on matters in the public interest, to hold those in power accountable for their actions and their words, and to report on factual data and information, and nothing else. Such duties were, are, and will always remain vital in guaranteeing that Malta’s democracy functions efficiently, and in ensuring that truth and justice prevail so that the events of five years ago never take place again.