'Daphne Project' to continue work of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Six months ago, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car-bomb as she was leaving home (Guardian). Investigative journalists have now launched a new project to continue her work.

The Daphne Project was launched today by Paris-based organization Forbidden Stories, which dedicates itself to continuing the work begun by murdered, imprisoned or otherwise incapacitated reporters.

According to the The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a group of some 45 journalists, from 18 news organizations across 15 countries, have spent the last six months gathering, compiling and preparing material relating to Caruana Galizia’s murder, as well as continuing to chase down leads her investigations had left behind.

Caruana Galizia had been investigating corruption in her home country of Malta when she was assassinated on October 16, 2017. She had reported threats on her life to the police two weeks before her murder.

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In December, a Maltese magistrate charged three men, Vince Muscat and brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio in relation to Caruana Galizia’s murder. It was not immediately clear whether police thought they had acted on their own or were hit men working for others.

Her death was mourned with candlelit vigils in Malta and abroad, both at the time of her murder and at the passing of the six months since, according to the Press Gazette.

The project has pledged to “start revealing what Daphne left behind” and began on April 17.

Business and politics go hand in hand in Malta. According to Transparency International, an online corruption monitor, the country shows “procurement irregularities, unresolved conflicts of interest among serving government ministers, and the revolving door between the island state’s close-knit political and business class.”

“Malta is also the only country in the European Union to have an incumbent minister named in the Panama Papers revelations in 2016.”

The project also comes after a rise in the death of investigative journalists across Europe. Yesterday, Russian journalist Maksim Borodin died in hospital after mysteriously falling from his balcony in Yekaterinburg. He had been reporting on the deaths of Russian mercenaries.

A month earlier, thousands also marched in Slovakia following the murder of reporter Jan Kuciak, who had also been investigating corruption in his homeland.

On Wednesday, the Slovak Spectator reported that an inernational investigative team would look into Kuciak’s murder, in accordance with an agreement made at the Hague.

The Daphne Project includes the first interview with Caruana Galizia’s husband, who says the person who orchestrated the murder is being protected (Guardian).

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