/ 30 July 2021

State blamed for journalist’s death

A public inquiry into the death of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has found the state was responsible for her death. The 53yo was killed when her car was blown up in October 2017. Caruana Galizia was causing problems for Malta’s rich and powerful, including PM Joseph Muscat, and reports say she effectively triggered an early election by publishing allegations linking Muscat to the Panama Papers scandal. An investigation into her death led to the Prime Minister’s resignation in 2019 after his close associates were implicated. The 437-page report released yesterday said the state had “created an atmosphere of impunity” and failed to recognise risks to the reporter’s life and take reasonable steps to avoid them. A handful of people have been charged with Caruana Galizia’s murder, and in February, one of the 3 men accused pleaded guilty and was jailed for 15 years. The others are yet to go to trial.

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