Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Crusading Journalist Blown Up

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Crusading Journalist Blown Up

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Byline: Will Worley The Independent

A PROMINENT journalist who played a major role in the Panama Papers case has been murdered in Malta.

Daphne Caruana Galizia (pictured), whose investigative work focused on corruption, was killed when a bomb blew her car to pieces.

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said her death marked the "collapse of the rule of law" in Malta, the smallest country in the European Union.

Tributes to Ms Galizia poured in on Monday evening as thousands of Maltese gathered in the streets for a candlelight vigil.

Ms Galizia is believed to have published the last post on her widely read blog, Running Commentary, just before leaving her house in Mosta, a town outside the capital Valletta.

"There are crooks everywhere you look now," she had written, "the situation is desperate."

Soon after she drove away, her rental Peugeot 108 exploded with such force it was sent flying over a wall into a field.

She reported death threats against her to police two weeks ago. …

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