1000 days for Daphne

In 2020 the AEJ marked 1000 days since the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 joining 12 other media organizations to note that justice had yet to be served as more disturbing revelations of state corruption and impunity underscored the weaknesses in Malta’s rule of law, and the entrenched impunity for both the murder of Caruana Galizia and the high-level abuses of power she investigated.

On Nov. 20 2019 one of the country’s richest men, gambling and property entrepreneur Yorgen Fenech, was arrested and in court two weeks later accused of being the brains behind the killing. He denied the charges and blamed allies of the prime minister.

Two of them resigned and in the face of major street protests Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he would resign. His government spent two years stonewalling any genuine investigation and far longer rejecting accusations of widespread money laundering, political corruption and cronyism.

AEJ marks 1000 days
New prime minister
Police chief resigns
Daphne’s legacy
Breaks in the story
Prominent businessman arrested
The brains behind the killing?
Street protests
Prime Minister to resign
Widespread corruption alleged
AEJ joins call for special Council of Europe monitor