MALTA, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST MURDERED
Malta is under great shock and sadness at the brutal murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. She was killed in the afternoon of 16 October in a car blast just 200 meters away from her residence in Bidnija, limits of Mosta.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had received life threats in recent weeks. The explosion took place while she was driving a rented car, a Peugeot 108. The car ended up in flames and parts of it were found in a nearby field across the road.
The prominent blogger was renowned for her investigative journalism alleging corruption within the Labour Government. Recently, she turned her criticism against officials of the centre-right Nationalist Party, including the newly elected leader Adrian Delia.
Addressing the media from his office in Valletta, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat condemned the killing, and described this attack as a “barbaric act”.
“What happened today is unacceptable. Today is a black day for democracy and freedom of speech in Malta,” Muscat said.
In the televised message, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reaffirmed: “I will not rest until I see justice done in this case. Our country deserves justice.”
Addressing the Maltese Parliament later on in the evening, Prime Minister Muscat announced that he asked the Government of the United States to assist into the investigation of the brutal death of journalist Caruana Galizia.
FBI agents are on their way to Malta to support the Maltese Secret Service in their investigations into this fatal car bomb in which the prominent Maltese journalist was burned to death by the powerful car bomb.