Daphne Caruana Galizia: An investigative Journalist worth Emulating
Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese investigative journalist who was assassinated on October 2017 after her car was exploded using a remote control from a boat.
She was a controversial blogger and a celebrated editor and journalist from Malta, a country which is a member of European Union (EU). The country is located between Sicily and Libya. It has a population of 420,000 residents but her blog attracts 400,000 readers in a good day. That sounds like nearly every citizen in the country reads her blog called Running Commentary: Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Notebook. This great blogger is alleged to have been assassinated just “30 minutes after posting a damning report about Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.”
Many bad things happened to Daphne Galizia as a result of performing her work. She was harassed for many years, her home was set ablaze two times and even her pet dogs were killed. To further cripple her, her bank accounts were frozen but all those challenges did not stop her from her mission of continuously attacking those in power involved in corruption and misuse of public office. She always focused on in-depth reporting and maybe that is why Politico once referred to her as “one woman Wikileaks.”
It’s reported by numerous sources that her blog received more readership than all Malta newspapers combined. Daphne worked on her unrelenting blog which led to numerous legal battles.
Daphne’s reporting was unbiased, she attacked both sides of the divide both politically and personally. No one was spared. At one point according to Fox News, “Delia sued her over stories linking him to prostitution racket in London.“ – Fox news.
Delia was not alone, the Economy Minister, Chris Cardona also sued her for libel after Daphne wrote that he had visited a brothel while in Germany on official government business.
These are some of the stories that made Daphne an “important, visible, fearless journalist” according to Malta’s Archbishop. The good archbishop further warned those who killed the investigative journalist telling them that, “you will never escape from the justice of God,” – Archbishop Charles Sciduna.
Daphne’s funeral was attended by her husband, her three sons and Antonio Tajani, the European Union President.
The top members of the political class were requested by Daphne’s family not to attend the funeral because they had failed to fight corruption that she featured prominently in her blog: Running Commentary.
At the time of her death, there were 42 libel cases filed against her.
In the search for her killers and those who ordered her death, the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat offered 1 million euros reward for anyone who would provide information which will lead to bringing into justice those who killed Daphne.
Opposition Members of Parliament refer to Daphne as a “political force of nature” referring to her ability to “single-handedly bring the government to near collapse.”
Daphne’s popularity comes into play when she dines out, where fellow guests from other tables come over to pass good wishes.
What we know about Daphne Caruana Galizia
a) Daphne Caruana Galizia was a journalist and editor of Running Commentary for 10 years.
b) She was editor and publisher of Taste & Flair Magazine for 14 years
c) A newspaper columnist at Malta Independent on Sunday and The Malta Independent for 22 years.
d) She studied and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology with Honors from University of Malta and was even on the Dean’s list in 1996.
e) She attended Aloysices College in Malta between 1980-1982.
f) She was a student at Dorothy’s Convent, Mdina, Malta between 1975-1980.
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