Who was Daphne Caruana Galizia?

Marsha Scott
October 17, 2017

The Maltese investigative journalist and blogger who led the investigation into the Panama Papers scandal has been killed by a auto bomb.

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.

She had filed a complaint to police a fortnight ago after receiving personal threats to her safety, local media said.

Caruana Galizia's death resulted from a "barbaric attack" that also amounted to an assault on freedom of expression, Muscat said.

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.

"Muscat sued Caruana Galizia after she wrote blogs earlier this year saying his wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan".

Muscat and his wife, Michelle, denied they had companies in Panama.

We will remind, on 3 April 2016, the worldwide consortium of investigative journalism (ICIJ) in the framework of the project "archive of Panama" (Panama Papers) published a major investigation of the offshore world of hundreds of politicians, businessmen, sporstmenov and cultural figures.

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Monday evening's parliamentary session was scrapped, except for briefings about the bombing given by Mr Muscat and Mr Delia, who called the reporter's killing a "political murder".

Muscat said he has asked the US government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help investigating the vehicle bombing.

On Twitter, Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said Caruana Galizia was a "tragic example" of a journalist who had "sacrificed her life to seek out the truth". The leak exposed the identities of rich and powerful people around the world who allegedly had offshore holdings in Panama.

She was also the mother of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) developer and data journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia.

Caruana Galizia for many years was a harsh critic of Malta's Labor party and government. "The situation is desperate", Caruana Galizia wrote in a blog published on her site just half an hour before an explosion tore into her vehicle.

Malta has a population of 400,000 and is the European Union's smallest state.

European politicians expressed dismay at her death.

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