14. Oct, 2019

Justice for Daphne

When I started writing ‘An Invisible Nemesis’ in July 2017, little did I know that three months into the process, a real life event would interrupt the project...

I had already decided to set my new conspiracy and murder thriller on the beautiful Maltese island of Gozo, a paradise I have visited frequently and somewhere I have always called my second home. The book tells the story of the calculated murder of a hard-nosed but much-loved investigative journalist called Suzanne Camilleri who was investigating a possible cover up involving the well documented death of Diana, Princess of Wales which had happened over twenty years earlier. The tale involves the Sicilian mafia and both the governments of the UK and Malta.

On Monday 16 October 2017 news came through that the popular but often controversial Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia had been assassinated in a car bomb attack near her home. Daphne was also a writer and anti-corruption activist who had reported on a number of political events in her own country. In particular, she focused on investigative reporting into government corruption, patronage, allegations of money laundering and much more.

For my part, it was time for a bit of soul-searching. Why had a real life event collided with my latest heady excursion into fiction? Indeed, like my key character in ‘An Invisible Nemesis’, Daphne had been killed just for doing her job, something which can never be acceptable. It's also worrying to think that according to recently released figures, ninety-five international journalists died in 2018 alone.

As an author of fiction and one with a conscience, I now had a dilemma. Should I shelve my new book or continue writing the story I had been harbouring for years? After all, there were so many parallels aligned with Daphne’s gruesome murder and a vital plot in my manuscript. It all felt more than just a co-incidence. In the end I decided to bite the proverbial bullet, tread carefully and eventually publish. 

Today, the investigation into Daphne's murder continues but without much support from the Government of Malta, the same government that is unbelievably bringing at least forty-eight libel suits against Daphne two years after her death which in a way tells it own story. To date, three men have been arrested for her killing but the person said to have ordered it, mysteriously remains at large. A cover up? - A conspiracy? I tend to think so...  Daphne’s ultimate sacrifice for simply telling the truth must NOT be in vain.

You can find out more about Daphne’s life, her achievements and her untimely death @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_Caruana_Galizia