Activists, well-wishers and friends of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia gathered in Valletta on Sunday evening to remember her on what would have been her 54th birthday.

People gathered by the Great Siege monument on Republic Street, which has been turned into a makeshift memorial to Ms Caruana Galizia, at around 8pm.

There, they placed handwritten messages of support – many scrawled onto custom-made cards designed and printed especially for the occasion – at the candle-lit monument.

The cards were an initiative of activist group il-Kenniesa and feature a quote of Ms Caruana Galizia’s: “It’s true that life is unfair and much of it can’t be helped. But where I can do anything to avoid unfairness or to set it straight then I will”.

Well-wishers who could not make it to the gathering shared photos of cards featuring their message to Ms Caruana Galizia on social media throughout Sunday.   

Ms Caruana Galizia was murdered in October last year, when a bomb planted in her car was detonated while she was driving in Bidnija.

Three people have been arrested and charged with her murder, though the masterminds behind the crime remain at large.

Another activist group, Re┼╝istenza, marked Ms Caruana Galizia’s birthday by putting up banners in Sliema and Bidnija overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

The banners, one in English and the other in Maltese, stated that “Daphne was assassinated for exposing the truth”.