Malta in the media

The murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia made headlines around the world for the right reasons, but many of the stories about her life and death have missed the mark.

It’s been too easy for the international media to simply paint a picture of an investigative journalist who died for her fearless reporting. Even now, weeks after her death and the charging of three men with her murder, this is still the way she is portrayed as though foreign journalists haven’t had a chance to dig deeper and understand the woman and her political motives.

It is a fact that Daphne Caruana Galizia was not universally admired in Malta. How often do you see that in print? All the international media got to know about Daphne after her brutal murder.

For instance, there were many corruption cases which she ignored. Not allegations of corruption, but proof of corruption that took place. The word corruption only formed part of her vocabulary after 2013. All previous corruption cases went unnoticed.

It is a fact that her main (everyone was led to believe so) source on Egrant was a woman facing various charges, including fraud, who escaped justice by fleeing abroad. Ever seen that in a headline?

It is a fact she reported on senior government figures such as Keith Schembri. Her stories included reports, in 2016, that he was fatally ill and close to death. She all but administered last rites herself. Ever seen that fake news item highlighted?

To be fair, some foreign journalists go beyond the easy headline. One said he decided to read her blog to understand her better. He gave up after an hour saying he couldn’t take the bile and hate any more.

Foreign media are welcome here. They’re free to go where they want and report what they like. But they owe it to their readers and viewers to give the whole picture.