Daniel Halliday
Dec 16 · Last update 8 days ago.

What has been the reaction to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder? Has enough been done in Malta?

On the 16th of October 2017 Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb near to her home in Malta. Caruana Galizia had built a career reporting on corruption, money laundering and organised crime, but it was her releasing of sensitive information relating to a number of Maltese politicians around the time of the ‘Panama Papers’ that most believe was behind her assassination. What has happened since and what is this slain journalist’s legacy? How has Malta reacted to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia? And has enough been done to investigate the death of Daphnis Caruana Galizia?
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The prime minister has resigned

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, resigned in 2019 and stepped down from power on 13th January 2020. But this followed months of protests that increasingly called for his resignation following a complete failure of the prime minister to address revelations of politicians having financial ties to those who murdered the journalist. Initially intending to see through the investigation, protests reached 20,000 in December 2019 as protesters accused Muscat of trying to shield politicians from the investigation. This lack of trust in Malta is rooted in the Panama Papers and the government’s lack of reform over the money laundering and corruption revealed by them, with the intimidation of journalists and protestors just pushing the movement to remove Muscat further. Now the process of addressing this needless tragedy and the rampant corruption in Malta can begin.

timesofmalta.com/articles/view/international-journalism-groups-condemn-intimidation-of-reporters-in.754510 independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/malta-prime-minister-resign-journalist-murder-joseph-muscat-latest-update-daphne-caruana-galizia-a9228676.html edition.cnn.com/2019/12/01/europe/malta-pm-joseph-muscat-resigns-intl/index.html reuters.com/article/moneylaundering-watchdog-malta-idUSL5N2634SW

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No, Maltese media shortcomings continue

Media freedom in Malta is in a horrible state, with around half of Malta’s media organisations directly owned by political parties the media is using the press to “churn out glorified propaganda” earning the island nation many scathing reports from NGO’s, the UN and the EU. It was in this toxic atmosphere that Daphnis Caruana Galizia was striving to expose corruption, with Politico describing her as a “one women Wikileaks”, it is this pushback that most believe was behind her assassination, an effort to end any real Maltese journalism [2]. There is now a distinct push in the Matlese media to sway the narrative of her death, to make it look like she was investing criminal gangs only and not the political sphere; in Malta criminal gangs predominantly use car bombs, and she is the first Maltese victim of a car bomb who is not a criminal. If this narrative takes hold in the public Caruana Galizia’s death seemingly hasn’t changed the corrupted status quo at all, and the media may continue to fail to hold the culprits, criminals in general or Malta's corrupt politicians accountable.

[1] timesofmalta.com/articles/view/maltas-media-malaise-2018-victor-paul-borg.698006 [2] web.archive.org/web/20170422141315/http://www.politico.eu/list/politico-28-class-of-2017-ranking/daphne-caruana-galizia nytimes.com/2017/11/02/world/europe/malta-journalist-death.html

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