It’s hard to believe that almost two years have passed since the Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered, but 16th October will mark the second anniversary of her death. A fierce critic of the political establishment in Malta, she had received many death threats; she knew she was in danger but she kept writing. On 16th October, 2017 she posted an entry on her blog, ending with the line “There are crooks everywhere you look. The situation is desperate.”
It’s such an ordinary thing for most of us, to post a blog – as I am doing now – then get up from the desk and go out, already thinking about other things. But within minutes, the car Daphne was driving blew up.
Three men charged with her murder have yet to be put on trial. According to PressGazette, a public inquiry is about to start in Malta. But Daphne’s family and other campaigners have called for a fully independent international inquiry into her murder.
PEN International is still campaigning for justice for Daphne and her family. This year they are creating a poetry memorial, because the actual memorial in Valetta has been repeatedly destroyed.
If you are interested in submitting a poem, please observe the following criteria. Poems should be:
- Under 100 words
- Three stanzas maximum
- The poem should make some reference to Daphne Caruana Galizia, the destruction of her memorial, or the case itself
- There is no deadline as this is an on-going project and poems will be added to the PEN website as they are submitted.
Please submit the poems to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, to commemorate Daphne’s life, her bravery and her legacy and to continue their call for justice in her case, PEN will hold a vigil in London on 16 October near the Maltese High Commission. (Please check PEN International website for firm details closer to the actual date). Some memorial poems may be read on that occasion.
More info here