Letter to the editor. The son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese journalist assassinated for her reporting, responds to an editorial cartoon published last week in il manifesto.

Letter: ‘Comfort during a time of catastrophe’

“There are journalist journalists, and then there are journalists who do it as a job.” I’ll show you what Giancarlo Siani meant by that, as we each part ways. …For Daphne Caruana Galizia

[Editor’s note: Giancarlo Siani was an Italian journalist killed by Camorra mobsters in 1985 for his reporting on their organization. He was shot to death in his car. Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered with a car bomb in October for her reporting on political corruption Malta.]


Dear Mauro Biani and il manifesto,

I want to say thank you for your depiction of my mother. It offers comfort during a time of catastrophe. I did not see her getting inside the car that day, as I remained inside the house when she walked out. But when I look at what you drew, I feel as though I’m seeing that unseen moment forever. It’s a way of freezing time to an instant just before the explosion.

Matthew Caruana Galizia
Nov. 5, 2017

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