Car Bomb Kills Maltese Journalist

In the latest attack on reporters, a car bomb has murdered a top investigative journalist on the island nation of Malta, near Sicily. Daphne Caruana Galizia had dug into local ties to figures named in the Panama Papers and ran an uncompromising blog, Running Commentary. Galizia joined The Sunday Times of Malta as a columnist in 1987 and then worked as associate editor of The Malta Independent. In 2016, Politico dubbed her one of 28 people "shaping, shaking and stirring Europe." She is the mother of Matthew Caruana Galizia, a data journalist with ICIJ, which put out a statement expressing deep concern "about freedom of the press in Malta" and calling for "Maltese authorities to investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice."

Source: ICIJ, Times of Malta

Posted on: October 16, 2017

Facebook Censors Investigative Journalist

Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for violating the social network’s community standards. Caruana Galizia published a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Written in Maltese, each post included images of documents from the Panama Papers leak. The censorship comes amid political turmoil, where a snap election is scheduled for 3 June.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: May 19, 2017