Brussels, October, 18th 2017 (RSF/IFJ/SIGNIS). Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist and blogger whose allegations about government corruption led to early elections last June, was killed on Monday by a car bomb. “This is dark day for Maltese democracy, freedom of expression and journalism”, says Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of the EU-Balkans desk of Reporters without borders (RSF, in French).

The journalist of 53, a specialist in investigating corruption, had dedicated many articles of her blog "Running Commentary" on linking associates of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to offshore accounts exposed by the Panama Papers.

Her English-language blog would often get more readers than all of the Maltese newspapers, for which she also occasionally wrote.

The journalist has been sued many times for her blog posts in which she revealed several corruption scandals involving Maltese politicians.

In February 2017, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) denounced the freeze of her bank accounts as well as the libel suits filed against her by Maltese Economy Minister and his consultant, following one of her blog post.

In 2016, she was named by Politico as one of “28 people who are shaping, shaking and stirring Europe”, after being the first to break news of Maltese politicians’ involvement in the Panama Papers leak.

Daphne Caruana Galizia had reported receiving threats to the police just two weeks ago, according to Maltese media outlets that declined to give more detail.

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