Valletta (October 17, 2017): A Maltese investigative journalist who had exposed her island nation’s links with the so-called Panama Papers document leaks was killed on Monday in a car bomb.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital Valletta, when the bomb exploded, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiraling over a wall and into a field.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that her death resulted from a “barbaric attack” that also assaulted freedom of expression. He described the slain journalist as “was one of my harshest critics, on a political and personal level,” as he denounced the attack as “unacceptable” violence.
Caruana Galizia was named by Politico as among the 28 Europeans who are “shaping, shaking and stirring” Europe.
She had exposed that Muscat’s wife, Michelle, as well as Muscat’s energy minister and the government’s chief-of-staff, held companies in Panama by looking into the 2016 document leak. Muscat and his wife deny they held such companies.Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a “political murder.” Caruana Galizia had been sued for libel because of various articles she wrote on her blog “Running Commentary,” and she had filed a report with the police two weeks ago that she was receiving threats.