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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed

Valletta, Malta, 19 October, (Asiantribune.com):

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent investigative journalist in Malta, has been killed, after a powerful bomb exploded in her car, police said, in an incident that stunned the small island country.

The 53-year-old had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta's capital of Valletta, when the bomb went off on Monday, sending the vehicle's wreckage spiraling over a wall.

The force of the blast reduced her car to pieces and catapulted the journalist's body into a nearby field, witnesses said. She leaves behind a husband and three sons.

Caruana Galizia ran a hugely popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption by politicians from across party lines.

She had also exposed Malta's links with the so-called Panama Papers document leak, which revealed the identities of the rich and powerful around the world with offshore holdings in the Central American country.

"There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate," Caruana Galizia wrote in a blog published on her site just half an hour before an explosion tore into her car.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who faced accusations of wrong-doing by Caruana Galizia earlier this year, denounced her killing, calling it a "barbaric attack on press freedom".

He announced that the US FBI had agreed to help local police investigate the killing and was flying experts to the island as soon as possible.

"I will not rest until I see justice done in this case," he said in a statement, calling for national unity.
Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a "political murder".

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a watchdog group, called on Maltese authorities to quickly ensure justice for Caruana Galizia.

"Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated wrongdoing in Malta's political, business and criminal worlds," said Robert Mahoney, CPJ deputy executive director. "The investigation into her murder therefore must be thorough, credible and timely."

European politicians and journalists expressed dismay at Caruana Galizia's death.
"A dark day for democracy," Manfred Weber, head of the conservative bloc in the European Parliament, wrote on Twitter.

- Asian Tribune –

Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed after a powerful bomb blew up her car in Bidnija, Malta.  (Reuters)
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