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Maltese PM Resigns 2 Years After Reporter’s Murder

A murdered investigative journalist... a corruption case… and now, the resignation of the prime minister. This is the story of the Daphne Project, so far.

‘She was relentless, she was fearless’

It all began with a murder, one Monday in the fall. The most famous investigative journalist in Malta, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was killed when a bomb was detonated under her car, on October 16, 2017. Half an hour before she died, she published a blog post that incriminated the chief of staff of Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat.

Journalists from all over the world have joined forces to launch The Daphne Project. One of the investigations that they took up was into a mysterious company called 17 Black. One year after the Daphne Project's revelations, on November 20, 2019, Yorgen Fenech was arrested as he prepared to leave the country aboard his yacht. “I just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor. She was obviously killed because of something that she had written about. There is just no other way. She was relentless, she was fearless. She was a very high-profile reporter in Malta, she was very well known and if she could be killed in this violent way inside an EU member state, then who’s gonna be next?” Matthew Caruana Galizia tells Brut.

In a statement, Fenech implicated several high-level officials. Most notably, he said that Keith Schembri, the prime minister's chief of staff, was complicit in the murder. Schembri was arrested, and then released 36 hours later. This sparked protests across Malta. Among the protesters was one of Caruana Galizia's sons. On December 1, 2019, more than two years after Caruana Galizia's murder, the prime minister announced his resignation. But he said that the resignation would only take effect in January 2020, once his successor had been designated. The investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder remains unfinished to this day. A complete list of those who ordered the killing has yet to be established.

Brut.

12/07/2019 12:59 PM
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166 comments

  • Cecilia R.
    03/12/2020 13:52

    Malta!

  • Joseph E.
    03/12/2020 00:50

    AND the war good v evil..rages on.the front lines Are for GREATNESS only.👑

  • Doris C.
    03/11/2020 13:39

    One thing I hate most in this life is injustice and when someone has to pay with there life to uncover the worse corruption in a country has to be labeled a Hero.

  • Brenda B.
    03/10/2020 22:39

    Blessings for Daphne,the Daphne Project and ALL reporters doing their job.

  • Karen R.
    03/10/2020 06:15

    The same thing happened to Don Boles a reporter for the Arizona Republic in the 1970's.

  • Deborah K.
    03/09/2020 23:02

    Mmmm...and the Clintons had been doing this...and yet...no investigations.....and also...the other illegal program and to Trump's campaign and other things that are happening man office is being backed by Obama and nothing still is being done about his behavior......????...WHY

  • Yareli H.
    03/09/2020 14:07

    One guy said she is not afraid to step on someone’s toes, guess the other person stepped on her neck🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Walter J.
    03/09/2020 08:56

    🙏🏿🙏🏿😱🤔

  • Thomas J.
    03/08/2020 07:38

    https://youtu.be/uv-x-QHWVU0

  • Eric M.
    03/08/2020 07:16

    The pen is mightier, when people read, let us not lose that

  • Taamer A.
    03/08/2020 04:07

    She may RIP ...the Panama gate was the reason

  • Rowan S.
    03/06/2020 11:55

    Ronald you nailed it 1000% right

  • Luke S.
    03/06/2020 11:24

    I’m jealous we don’t have Journalist in the United States that report honest journalism because they are politically driven

  • Anthony E.
    03/05/2020 17:22

    Where were the clintons?

  • Shawn M.
    03/05/2020 17:05

    Obviously she was writing something critical of Hillary Clinton....

  • Michael D.
    03/05/2020 10:44

    Her death, while horrible, may have just unified journalists all around the world, which is good.

  • Lance F.
    03/05/2020 02:02

    Question, since they silenced her is everything silenced.

  • Aaron L.
    03/04/2020 05:33

    Guess she shouldn't have snitched on the billionaires hiding money from the tax man...

  • Jose F.
    03/04/2020 02:35

    Get their assess to justice! Then turn your focus on the rest of the corruption in the world as payback!

  • Ahch Y.
    03/03/2020 21:45

    Why did she park her car in the middle of the grass