19 September 2021,   06:05
Malta government responsible for killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia​, inquiry finds

A public inquiry into the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has found that the state should be held responsible for her death. Galizia was 53 years old when she was killed by a car bomb in Malta in 2017, writes CBSNEWS.

The Maltese government “created an atmosphere of impunity, generated from the highest echelons of the administration”, a report published by the inquiry said. The report said the inquiry didn"t find proof of the government’s direct involvement in Galizia’s murder, but that it created a “favorable climate” for the journalist to be killed.

Galizia, who was called a “one-woman Wikileaks”, had reported on allegations of money laundering, bribery and corruption in Malta for 30 years. She relentlessly pursued politicians in her home country on her blog, Running Commentary.

Galizia’s family had long called for an independent investigation into her killing, and a public inquiry began in 2019. Over the last two years, it heard from dozens of witnesses.

Only one of three individuals who have actually been charged with her murder has pleaded guilty. That person was sentenced to 15 years, while the others have yet to face trial, BBC News reported.