MONDAY’S murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was condemned by media unions yesterday as the island’s government asked foreign police to probe the case.
Ms Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a large town on Malta’s main island, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spinning over a wall and into a field, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.
She had investigated links between Malta’s business class and offshore tax havens exposed in the Panama Papers leak.
Maltese Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia asked European forensics experts and the US FBI to help investigate the murder.
Citizens called for strikes over the killing and graffiti quoting her last written words, “There are crooks everywhere you look,” was seen across the island.
International Federation of Journalists president Philippe Leruth said: “This brutal assassination is a clear attack against press freedom.”