There’s something very wrong with people who celebrate the assassination of a person in secret Facebook groups as well as openly, and when people try to rationalise and justify the assassination.
It’s even more heinous when these despicable acts are orchestrated and fuelled by people in the higher echelons of the governing political party of the country.
The snuffing out of an innocent human life can never be endorsed or justified for any reason. There are no ifs, ands or buts to this.
All lives have the same value. And all murders are equally villainous and abominable. But when a person is slain in his or her line of duty such as a police investigator, a whistle-blower or a journalist, there are ulterior implications and ramifications.
Journalists are often the canaries in the coal-mines of democracy, rule of law and law and order. They are more likely to be murdered wherever impunity has overtaken the rule of law. Impunity subsists wherever corruption thrives.
Daphne was executed to ensure that a truth on corruption and crime she was going to expose would never see the light of day. But Joseph Muscat bears a great responsibility for her death, one that he will have to live with for the rest of his life.
He has blood on his hands because he enabled her assasination.
Joseph Muscat enabled Daphne’s assassination by dehumanising her and making her a target.
Joseph Muscat enabled Daphne’s assassination by his government’s failure to uphold its legal obligation to protect her.
Joseph Muscat enabled Daphne’s assassination by not putting an immediate stop to the corruption and crime happening right under his nose.
Joseph Muscat enabled Daphne’s assassination by overseeing the capture of Malta’s institutions and creating a constitutional crisis, which means that the institutions did not and cannot function to ensure the rule of law and law and order in Malta.
He needs to do what he should have done the very same day that the Panama papers came out. Evict Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri from office and indeed from the party, and ask the police commissioner to investigate them without fear or favour. Then resign himself.