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We can transform the world fight injustice – Whistleblower tells anticorruption activists

center_img 1 of 3 READ: Daphne Caruana Galizia awarded the Anti-Corruption AwardSpeaking about whistleblowers and journalists, Garrido Ramos stated “the system hits us hard, punishing us for doing the right thing”, saying that while her case was that of a living death in which she lost everything except her dignity and principles, for Caruana Galizia it was a physical death, although her spirit is still present.Ana garrido Ramos Credit: Monique AgiusGarrido Ramos who was awarded the Anti-Corruption Award along with Daphne Caruana Galizia by Transparency International in 2018, was a government employee at Boadilla Town Hall, was pressured to sign illegal contracts which would benefit corrupt politicians. She refused to sign such contracts, and they attempted to bribe her. When bribes and pressure did not work, she suffered from work-related harassment until she fell into a depression. It was then that she started researching and prepared a 300-page dossier that she passed on to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. The case then became known as “Gürtel”.“The current situation requires active participants not silent listeners”Mario Grech Credit: Monique AgiusMario Grech took the floor, and described himself as a “nobody” saying that despite the many excuses he could muster on why he would not address the vigil, there was no reason for him not to do so. He explained that like many of the activists gathered, he comes month after month demanding justice, however he warned that the current situation does not require “silent listeners” but “active participants”. He told the activists that there is no space for fear reminding how slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia recognised the responsibility she had towards the country and did her work without fear or favour. Speaking about truth, Grech stated that “truth has no agenda, no face but remains one and absolute”. He also reminded that “everyone is equal before the law, and that justice is not revenge, hatred, or vindictiveness”. Addressing marking twenty months since the assassination of Caruana Galizia, Grech maintained that “loyalty is to Malta and its laws and not towards the politician or party”. He concluded his address by saying that he is a “nobody inspired by principles of truth, justice and solidarity”.READ: Watch: ‘Caruana Galizia was a patriot; held power to account’Activist Joanna Agius stated that “assassination” is the only word which precisely describes what happened twenty months ago, reminding that the government’s communication officer Kurt Farrugia has said that he is “uncomfortable with its use because it is politically loaded”. “Simple facts”Joanna Agius Credit: Monique AgiusReferencing the various reports issued about Malta, Agius spoke about the government’s reaction to the report prepared by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe special rapporteur’s report Pieter Omtzigt. Quoting off from the official government statement, Agius remarked that “the best bit about this, is that they blame us activists”. She mockingly thanked Muscat for implying that they were so powerful that they were able to influence such a report before proceeding to point out what in her opinion led to Malta’s sinking reputation. Agius reminded that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi still hold office, Police Chief Lawrence Cutajar despite being ineffective still hold office and Pilatus Bank still operated until European institutions took action.“Malta is a safe place”Referring to Police Chief’s claim that “Malta is a safe place” following Lassana Cisse’s murder, the activist remarked that it is a safe place for “those who launder money, those who bribe, those who act with absolute impunity”.READ: Updated: Man murdered and two injured in BirżebbuġaIn her speech Agius thanked re-elected Nationalist MEPs, David Casa and Roberta Metsola, who despite all odds secured their place in European Parliament. Agius said that both were under constant attack from every side, however, “the results clearly show that the fight for justice, the fight for justice for Daphne and her family, is having a positive effect and the message is being delivered”.READ: Daphne turned into a voice flying into the hearts of millions – Daphne’s niece“Martyrs”Sabatino Caso Credit: Monique AgiusSabatino Caso took the floor and explained how the community got to know about Daphne Caruana Galizia through the Daphne Project which includes Italian journalists working on stories which Caruana Galizia was working on. He recalled an event for which journalist Manuel Delia was present in Italy, and how after Delia had finished his talk, a long standing ovation followed in memory of Caruana Galizia.Sabatino Caso was born in 1974 in Vipiteno, Alto Adige, Italy nowadays he lives in Livorno, Tuscany. He’s graduated in economy and is part of the Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay Catholic association dedicated to social service. His advocacy is on fundamental human rights with special interest in homelessness and minors.Credit: Monique AgiusSpeaking about the work of the Community of Sant’Egido, Caso said there a search for justice which is born from one’s faith and love towards one another, especially one who lives in conditions of extreme poverty and marginalisation.Caso referenced unsung heroes, Floribert Bwana Chiu, a woman from Congo who was assassinated because she did not give in to corruption and William Quijano who was killed at 21-years-old for his work with children in a neighbourhood in the periphery of San Salvador. He then moved on to remind the activists of the two Sicilian judges killed by the Italian mafia in a car bomb, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, underlining that in every case, these people were martyrs. WhatsApp Credit: Monique Agius SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> However, Delia continued that Ruotolo’s appeal reminded him the meaning of “citizenship” saying that while the city of Ronchi is not giving Italian citizenship to Caruana Galizia, it is recognising in him the freedoms that emanate from the Italian Constitution. Delia reflected on the Maltese Constitution which protects media freedom, however he contrasted it to what the state does saying that it “controls journalists either through adverts or employs them or threatens them with libel suits in Malta or elsewhere, while the state left one of us die in a car bomb and now does not want to open a public inquiry to determine whether the state could have done more to protect the journalist”.last_img read more