VALLETA, 16.04.2018. – Monday marks six months since the brutal assassination of our colleague Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s foremost investigative journalist. For the past five months, in the greatest secrecy, 45 journalists from 15 countries, representing 18 media and organizations, have been investigating Malta and Europe in the footsteps of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Six months after the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, 18 international media including Radio France, gathered by Forbidden Stories, are preparing to release a series of revelations on corruption and money laundering in Malta.
Journalists from 18 international media are pursuing the investigative work of Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in the explosion of her car in Malta. Her death had caused a shock wave across Europe. On 16 October 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia died in the explosion of her car. This Maltese journalist had been investigating for years corruption cases involving many representatives of the political class of the archipelago.
A few weeks after her assassination, “The Daphne project” was launched by Forbidden Stories. This organization, created by the French investigative journalist Laurent Richard, has set itself the goal of continuing the investigations of imprisoned or murdered journalists.
For the past five months, in the greatest secrecy, 45 journalists from 15 countries, representing 18 media and organizations, have been investigating Malta and Europe in the footsteps of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Three French media, the investigation cell of Radio France, Le Monde and France 2 have worked in collaboration with The Guardian, Reuters, The Süddeutsche Zeitung, The New York Times including within this international consortium of journalists.
Malta, plagued by corruption.
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s investigations have uncovered numerous scandals among Maltese politicians. Her revelations about ministers – still in office – in the Labor government of Joseph Muscat, portrayed a country plagued by corruption where the laxity of the authorities may have favored the installation of money laundering circuits. Malta, which chaired the European Union in early 2017, is now under investigation by the European Parliament.
Three men are currently indicted and imprisoned for the journalist’s murder. Despite many elements pointing to them, they deny placing and firing the bomb under her car. If their profile of experienced offenders is not in doubt, the personal reasons they could have had to eliminate Daphne Caruana Galizia seem unclear. In Malta, everyone is convinced that they have acted on behalf of sponsors. But who? On October 16, half an hour before her death, the journalist ended her last article with these words: “There are crooks everywhere … The situation is desperate.” (There are scammers everywhere we look, the situation is desperate).
The Daphne Project’s investigations are to be found on franceinter.fr, the antennas of Radio France and in the media partners from Tuesday, April 17 and in Correspondent Thursday, April 19th on France 2. Explore them on “Daphne Project” pages of Forbidden Stories.
forbiddenstories.org, Valleta, 16/04/2018