Bomb Kills Reporter Who Covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' Link - NBC10 Boston
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Bomb Kills Reporter Who Covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' Link

Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a "political murder"

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Bomb Kills Reporter Who Covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' Link
    Rene Rossignaud/AP
    The wreckage of the car of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia lies next to a road in the town of Mosta, Malta, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

    A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said.

    Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a large town on Malta's main island, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle's wreckage spiraling over a wall and into a field, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

    Caruana Galizia's death resulted from a "barbaric attack" that also amounted to an assault on freedom of expression, Muscat said. He described her as "was one of my harshest critics, on a political and personal level" as he denounced her slaying.

    One of the topics the veteran reporter examined was what the documents from the 2016 leak said about Malta. She wrote that Muscat's wife, the country's energy minister and the government's chief-of-staff had offshore holdings in Panama to receive money from Azerbaijan.

    Body-Cam Footage Shows Baby Rescued From Plastic Bag

    [NATL] Baby Rescued From Plastic Bag in Georgia, Body-Cam Footage Shows

    Georgia sheriff's office released dramatic body-cam video showing the rescue of a newborn girl who was found alive inside a plastic bag in the woods.

    (Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019)

    Muscat and his wife, Michelle, denied they had companies in Panama.

    Caruana Galizia filed a police report two weeks ago saying she was receiving threats, law enforcement officials told Malta news outlets on Monday.

    The slain journalist had been a regular columnist for The Malta Independent, writing twice weekly for the newspaper since 1996. She also wrote a blog called "Running Commentary," which was followed by in Malta.

    A half hour before she was killed, she posted to her web site an item about a libel claim the prime minister's chief of staff had brought against a former opposition over comments the latter made about corruption.

    Caruana Galizia herself had been sued for libel over articles she wrote for her blog. Opposition leader Adrian Delia sued her over a series of stories linking him to a prostitution racket in London. Economy Minister Chris Cardona claimed libel when she wrote that he visited a brothel while in Germany on government business.

    Monday evening's Parliament session was scrapped, except for briefings about the bombing given by Muscat and Delia, who called the reporter's slaying a "political murder."

    Muscat said he has asked the U.S. government and the FBI for help investigating the car bombing.

    Caruana Galizia is survived by her husband and three sons. One son, Matthew, was on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Panama Papers scandal.

    The leak exposed the identities of rich and powerful people around the world who allegedly had offshore holdings in Panama.

    Caruana Galizia's family has asked the Courts of Malta to have the magistrate assigned to conduct the inquiry into the journalist's death replaced.

    The family said the magistrate, Consuelo Scerri Herrera, "in her personal capacity, had launched judicial procedures against (Caruana Galizia) regarding comments she had written."

    Caruana Galizia for many years was a harsh critic of Malta's Labor party and government. More recently she had expanded her criticism to include the opposition Nationalist Party.

    Mom Kills Son While Playing Chicken

    [NATL] Mom Kills Son While Playing Chicken
    A Texas mother is accused of killing her 3-year old son after running him over with an SUV during a game of "chicken".
    (Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019)

    Her slaying drew swift denunciations in the tiny EU nation.

    "Daphne played a vitally important role in unearthing serious allegations of money laundering and corruption in Malta, including those involving senior figures in the Maltese government," said Sven Giegold, a Greens member in the European Parliament.

    Italian newsweekly L'Espresso, which has also written about alleged corruption linked to Malta, said the reporter's murder demonstrated that a well-documented expose' "is perceived as a danger by the powerful and by organized crime."

    European Parliament President Antonio Tajani in a tweet called the development a "tragic example of a journalist who sacrificed her life to search for the truth."