Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed on Monday afternoon 16 October when her car exploded shortly after she left her house.
“We strongly condemn the violent killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. We urge the Maltese authorities to swiftly and thoroughly investigate the circumstances to bring the perpetrators to justice”, Hannah Machlin, project manager of Mapping Media Freedom, said.
Galizia was recently threatened according to TVM.
Galizia was sued in March 2017 by a property developer who filed 19 libel cases against her. In February 2017, economic minister Chris Cardona and his EU presidency policy officer Joseph Gerada filed four libel suits against the journalist.
Galizia had also conducted investigations linking Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle, to secret offshore bank accounts revealed by the Panama Papers.