Invicta: The Life and Work of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Invicta: The Life and Work of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Invicta: The Life and Work of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Edited by Joseph A. Debono & Caroline Muscat

Preface by Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, President of the European Federation of Journalists
November 2017 / 9781912142132
Price: £35 / €40

English / Italiano

On 16 October 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia, the most formidable Maltese journalist of her time, was murdered by a bomb placed under her car. That bomb did not just kill one of the most prominent characters in the history of Malta since Independence, it also tore a hole right through Maltese society and politics. For over thirty years, Daphne took a pen to Maltese society and politics and, wielding it like a razor, shaved as close to the flesh as she possibly could. Her cause was democracy in its fullest sense, Daphne insisted that democracy was not just majority rule, it also comprised minority rights, checks and balances, rule of law, autonomy of the institutions, accountability and good governance. Above all, she upheld freedom of expression as the fundamental instrument through which to scrutinise authorities and hold them to account. For her pains, she was demonised and came under sustained fire for all those thirty years, but not once did she wilt or flinch. 

“Invicta” means “the unconquered woman” and there is no more fitting epithet for Daphne than this. For she died with pen in her hand and unyielding to the very end. To pay tribute and to commemorate Daphne’s significant contribution to democracy and to journalism, this book brings together an array of Maltese and international academics, journalists and friends. It is time to reflect deeply on Daphne and her legacy.

This book does just that.


All profits for this book will go to Dar Merħba Bik, as chosen by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family. 

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'One of the most long-lasting tributes to the slain journalist is Invicta, a veritable festschrift in her honour which her friends, working to a very tight deadline, produced with­in a month of her death.'

Laurence Grech, The Sunday Times of Malta 

Daphne by Debbie Caruana Dingli

List of Content and Contributors

Daphne by Debbie Caruana Dingli (above). Additional illustrations by Celia Borg Cardona, Marisa Attard, Steve Bonello and Ġorġ Mallia.

Preface: Press Freedom in Danger - Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, President of the European

Federation of Journalists

Introduction: The Gadfly of the Republic - Joseph Anthony Debono, history teacher and founder of the Malta Classics Association

“Zero Tolerance for Corruption”: Daphne Caruana Galizia (1964-2017) - Petra Caruana Dingli, senior lecturer at the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta

Daphne in Mafialand - Giovanni Bonello, former judge at the European Court of Human Rights 

Daphne Caruana Galizia – Reflections of a Long-Time Friend - Andrew Borg Cardona, writer, blogger, lawyer and university lecturer

Words, Standards and Legacies - Mikela Fenech Pace, author, lecturer, teacher and former Private Secretary to the Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs 

Doing what One Should - Joe Borg, Chairman of the Editorial Board of RTK radio station and the news portal Newsbook

The Fly that Got Away - Victor Calleja, blogger for The Times of Malta

A Woman on an Island in the Mediterranean - Kristina Chetcuti, editor and creative with Merlin Publishers and columnist for The Sunday Times of Malta

Shining an Unflinching Light - Jonathan Freedland, award winning journalist, writer and columnist for The Guardian and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Long View

Breaking the Panama Story - Luke Harding, journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent for The Guardian

The End of the New Normal - Caroline Muscat, independent journalist and former News Editor of The Times of Malta

Daphne Caruana Galizia – a Personal Experience of her Blog - Godfrey Leone Ganado, Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants and Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants (UK)

Taking the Country by Storm – the Genesis of Daphne’s Blog - Jacques René Zammit, Maltese lawyer and author of J’accuse blog.

Who Writes? Who Reads? - Godfrey Baldacchino, Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta 

Daphne: The Assassination in Perspective - Henry Frendo, Professor of History at the University

of Malta

The Standard Bearer - Ranier Fsadni, columnist for The Times of Malta and teacher of Anthropology at the University of Malta. An edited version of this essay can be read online at Nieman Reports.

Alone and Unafraid – The Courage of Daphne Caruana Galizia - Douglas W. Kmiec, American legal scholar and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta circa 2009-11

Sixteen Unfortunate Structural ‘Lessons’ from ‘An Assassination Foretold’ - Paul Sant Cassia, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Malta

Reflections on the Limits of Freedom of Expression - Kenneth Wain, Professor of Education Studies at the University of Malta