Journalists from 18 news organisations around the world started releasing details from a five-month investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. This is everything that has come out so far from the first day of the publications.
Economy minister and Daphne murder suspect (Times of Malta)
The patron of a bar in Siggiewi said he saw economy minister Chris Cardona and Alfred Degiorgio, one of the three men suspected of killing Caruana Galizia, together there one day in November. The witness said Cardona and Degiorgio spoke at length and, at one point, walked outside together. The allegations were made known to Caruana Galizia’s family, who in turn informed magistrate Anthony Vella. Vella declined to comment and, when questioned, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat simply replied: “Publish that information”.
Daphne interview a week before her murder (The Guardian)
The Guardian released an interview Caruana Galizia had given the Council of Europe a week before her murder in which she was asked to describe decades of threats and harassment.
“They have made me into what in effect is a national scapegoat. And this has gone on for 30 years now, almost,” she said. “I am in a situation where people who can’t even read English, and therefore have never read anything I’ve written, at the same time are aware of who I am, know that they are meant to hate me … and react to me on that basis. Totally irrespective of what I write, but as the person, as the figure, that they are told to hate.”
Police believe murder suspects were tipped off (Times of Malta)
Sources close to the murder investigation believe the three suspected assassins had been tipped off about their impending arrest last December. Police believe the person who ordered the assassination was part of an organised crime syndicate and that people should avoid the assumption that the murder was any kind of political conspiracy.
No politicians have been interviewed during the course of police investigations into the murder.
Daphne’s friends flood her phone after her death (The Times of Malta)
The Times revealed WhatsApp messages Daphne’s friends started sending her as soon as they heard the news that she had been killed in front of her home.
“I’m in utter shock. I felt the need to msg you one last time. You will be sorely missed, always know that the truth will out one day and all your hard work won’t be for naught,” one message sent hours after her death read.
“The cowardice of this act for which you paid the ultimate sacrifice, has affected me deeply,” another said. “Malta has lost its greatest advocate and the right of freedom of speech.”
Daphne’s family interviewed for the first time (The Guardian)
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s widower Peter and her three sons Matthew, Andrew and Paul were interviewed for the first time about the day of her murder, her journalism and their fears for the country they say they no longer recognise.
Detailed look into Daphne’s life and death (Reuters)
Reuters published a detailed audio-visual report into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life and death and into the police investigations into her assassination.