The CIJ Condemn Murder of Maltese Journalist

The Centre for Investigative Journalism condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder by car bomb of Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday. Caruana Galizia, an enormously courageous investigative journalist made it her life’s work to ferret out corruption in her native Malta, led work on the Panama Papers on the island, using material leaked by a whistle-blower and distributed to trusted journalists around the world by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Caruana Galizia, often described as a “one-woman Wikileaks”, was the perfect woman for the job. The publication of that material, together with her regular articles around corruption among mafia, industry and local politicians, is almost certainly what led to her death.

The murder of Caruana Galizia is a vivid reminder of the risks which investigative journalists, already embattled by precarious resources and oppressive legislation, take on a daily basis. There would be no better tribute to her life and work than a fully independent, utterly rigorous investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death; the CIJ calls for that to happen without delay.