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The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.
Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the car into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.
A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Galizia was recently described by the Politico website 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
According to local media reports, Galizia filed a police report 15 days ago to say that she had been receiving death threats.
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.
Over the last two years, her reporting had largely focused on revelations from the Panama Papers, a cache of 11.5m documents leaked from the internal database of the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca.
Galizia was 53 and leaves a husband and three sons.
Outraged to hear that Maltese investigative journalist+blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia has been murdered this afternoon not far from her home with a car bomb. I issue a €20k reward for information leading to the conviction of her killers. Her blog: (link: daphnecaruanagalizia.com...) daphnecaruanagalizia.com
Over a thousand people attended a vigil organised this evening in honour of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered on Monday afternoon.
People holding candles started to congregate on the Sliema front close to Exiles, eventually walking together up to St Julian's, flooding the Sliema promenade all the way from Exiles to the LOVE sign in Spinola.
Many of those in attendance were visibly in shock at the day's events, expressing their disbelief that a journalist could be murdered in such a way in Malta.