Daphne Caruana Galizia was the name of the Panama Papers journalist who published the explosive documents that uncovered cases of corruption in high places by officials and company leaders in many parts of the world.
She was an investigative journalist from Malta and had become known for just that type of reporting: things uncovered in investigations into governmental corruption.
Officials said that the Panama papers journalist was killed near her home on Monday. She had just published a story on her blog and had been driving from her home when it happened.
Below we answer all the questions we have anticipated that you would have about the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Panama papers journalist.
Panama Papers Journalist Dead
Who Was She?
We have already explained that Galiza was the Panama papers journalist but even as big as that story was, that description fails to capture the totality of her dedication to investigative journalism.
The Guardian described her in the wake of her death as;
“A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers,”
The Politico website described her as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”. Running Commentary, the blog she launched in 2008 is one of the most popular websites on the island nation.
How Was She Killed?
According to local media reports, while Galiza was driving away from her home in a rented Peugeot 108 around 3 p.m. the car went up in flames. The explosion burnt her body badly and pictures have shown the Peugeot’s mangled shell in a field, dozens of yards from the blast site.
Was It Accidental?
No. The car was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.
How Is She Being Remembered?
Her son and a host of other admirers are remembering her for how she pursued the truth and wrote about it fearlessly. In a Facebook post, her son, Matthew Galizia, wrote:
“My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists, but she was also targeted because she was the only person doing so. This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated: the last person left standing is often a journalist.”
The deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Robert Mahoney, called her a true investigative journalist saying that; “She did not shy from taking on the powerful in Malta’s political, business and criminal worlds.
What Is Being Done?
No suspects have yet been identified in the bombing but thousands of mourners attended a vigil held Monday night for her. A demonstration followed on Tuesday outside the courts in Valletta. The Prime Minister of Malta has said that he will ‘not rest’ until the perpetrators are found.