Panama Papers Journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Murdered in a Car Bombing

Yesterday, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bombing in Malta. She was sitting in her car when an explosive device attached to a Peugeot 108,  blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field. Galizia is well known for her investigation into the Panama Papers, which is a case in which 11.5 million documents regarding client information from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, was leaked in 2015. Her blogs consisted of harsh criticism of the Malta government, and especially the prime minister, Joseph Muscat, who she accused of being connected to the offshore companies that were involved with the sale of Maltese passports. The Guardian described her as, “Caruana Galizia, who claimed to have no political affiliations, set her sights on a wide range of targets, from banks facilitating money laundering to links between Malta’s online gaming industry and the Mafia.”

She was becoming a very well known journalist, and people were actively reading her blogs and articles.

No party has claimed the attack, but it was ruled a homicide. On Facebook, Ms.Galizia’s son wrote about the death of his mother, and how he believes the government of Malta has almost everything to do with the death of his mother. The government denies this. He also talked about how, at the moment, nobody is investigating the murder of his mother because many of her haters are rejoicing about the death. On the reason for the assassination he wrote, “My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists.” 

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a brave journalist that wanted the world know the corruption that is going on behind the closed doors of government. She will be remembered as a woman who wrote about the important concepts and news. She was a firm believer in not being afraid of the government and speaking her mind. In the following weeks, there will be an investigation of her murder, and hopefully, justice will be served. Her legacy will be carried on by her husband, and three sons.




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