Daphne Caruana Galizia, the 53 year old journalist who became famous in Malta after breaking the Panama Papers offshore tax evasion scam was assassinated on Monday via a car bomb as she was driving near the village of Bidnija. And we thought these things are only happening in Russia, right? Daphne was murdered just a couple of days after she had filed a formal complaint to local police about receiving threats to her personal safety.
The investigative journalist was nicknamed “one-woman WikiLeaks”, as she ran a hugely popular and influential blog, where she relentlessly emphasized numerous cases of corruption involving Maltese politicians. However, she was best known as the journalist who brought to light the Panama Papers investigation in her country. As a blogger, Daphne Caruana Galizia often drew more readers than the combined circulation of Malta’s newspapers.
Needless to say, she was abhorred by both government/establishment people and underworld figures. For example, when Daphne Caruana Galizia helped with bringing down a former EU commissioner (John Dalli) in a tobacco-lobbying scam, she was described by the latter as a terrorist.
A Maltese opposition MP praised Daphne Caruana Galizia as a force of nature who had her guns (fortunately) aimed at the establishment. Another MP was quoted as saying:
“She single-handedly brought the government to the verge of collapse. The lady has balls.
Unfortunately, it’s all over now, as Daphne’s car, a Peugeot 108 was destroyed on Monday by a powerful explosive device which totally obliterated her and her vehicle. So far, no group/organization claimed responsibility for the assassination. Here’s Greece former finance minister:
21st century Europe: Execution in Malta of activist exposing tax cheats. Racism triumphing in Austria. And political arrests in Catalonia.
— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) October 16, 2017
And here’s WikiLeaks Founder Assange:
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: https://t.co/XQCEXBKYn3 pic.twitter.com/ITHlBRzr0J
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) October 16, 2017