“The best way to think of Daphne Caruana Galizia is as a one-woman WikiLeaks, crusading against untransparency and corruption in Malta, an island nation famous for both. To John Dalli, a former European commissioner whom she helped bring down in a tobacco lobbying scandal, Galizia is a terrorist. To opposition MPs, she’s a political force of nature, one who fortunately has her guns aimed at the other side of the aisle. She single-handedly brought the government to the verge of collapse.”
Denise Nestor — POLITICO
VALLETTA – Daphne Caruana Galizia — Malta’s best-known investigative journalist — was killed on Monday (October 16 2017) when a powerful bomb blew up her car. Galizia was 53 and leaves a husband and three sons. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
UPDATE (January 12 2018) — The assassination in Malta of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 put the island in the headlines.
The powerful car bomb used to kill the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was detonated by a mobile phone signal sent from a boat off the island’s coast.
Three brothers – George and Alfred Degiorgio, aged 55 and 53, and Vincent Muscat, 55 – have been charged with murder and pleaded not guilty. But it is still unclear who commissioned her assassination?
Meanwhile, Jonathan Ferris — a former anti-corruption investigator in Malta — is seeking full police protection amid concerns he could be targeted after looking into her claims against top political figures.
Ferris fears for his life. He is seeking full police protection and has threatened to reveal information he discovered should something happen to him.
“Following 16 October, and what happened to Daphne Caruana Galizia, I divided my work and my information into six different envelopes with specific notes,” he said.
“They are distributed to six members of family and close friends, and should something happen to me abruptly – say I’m killed – all that information will go public at once.”
John Sweeney, who reported on the story for Newsnight in the immediate aftermath, has been back to Malta to look into the stories Caruana Galizia was covering before her death and to speak to Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
END of UPDATE
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Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger whose investigations focused on corruption, was described as a ‘one-woman WikiLeaks’.
Her blogs were a thorn in the side of both the establishment and underworld figures that hold sway in Europe’s smallest member state.
Her most recent revelations pointed the finger at Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan. [The Guardian]
She was murdered by a car bomb explosion in her rented Peugeot 108 close to her home in Bidnija on 16 October 2017.
The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2:35pm on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3pm.
The large explosion left the vehicle scattered in several pieces across nearby fields. She was found by her son Matthew, after he heard a blast from their home.
Caruana Galizia had reportedly filed a police report saying that she was being threatened about two weeks before her death. The perpetrator is currently unknown.
Malta has asked for international help – including from UK and US police forces – to find the perpetrator.
Galizia’s mantra is simple: blog relentlessly about the “cronyism that is accepted as something normal here. I can’t bear to see people like that rewarded.”
Nothing scandalous is too big or too small, be it false declarations of residency by the beneficiaries of Malta’s cash-for-passports scheme or the evening-wear decisions of the prime minister’s wife. [Politico]
Maltese investigative journalist killed in car bomb
Daphne Caruana Galizia — Wikipedia
Maltese Investigative Blogger Killed in Car Bomb