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Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Anne Caruana Galizia (26 August 1964 – 16 October 2017) was a prominent Maltese investigative journalist, writer, and anti-corruption activist, who reported on political events in Malta. 

On 16 October 2017, Daphne died close to her home when a car bomb was detonated inside her vehicle, attracting widespread local and international condemnation of the attack.

PEN believes the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia was designed to send a clear signal to any other journalist who would attempt to report on the extremely sensitive corruption issues she was exposing. Impunity in her case, as well as surrounding the corruption upon which she was reporting, appears to have emboldened abuse against other women.

Supporters in Glasgow stand up calling for justice for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia at Sogo Art Gallery

Our support

2017 Scottish PEN Statement on the Killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Our statement on the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta

2018 Vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia

We joined the Maltese anti-courruption organisation, Il Kenniesa to honour Daphne through 6 vigils in 6 different European cities.

2018: Daphne’s Legacy

On the one year anniversary of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia we remembered her bravery and legacy and look to the future to what we can do to protect journalists in Scotland, Europe and across the globe.

2019: Justice for Daphne: The 2-year anniversary of her murder

Scottish PEN joined other international organisations to demand an end to impunity two years after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta.

2019: Political Interference into the investigation of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Scottish PEN joins nine organisations calling on the Maltese authorities to ensure the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia remains free from political influence

European leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation

Scottish PEN joins 11 rights and journalist organisations calling for the European community to hold Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat to account for political interference in the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The Erosion of Press Freedom in Malta

We join seven organisations condemning the erosion of press freedom in Malta and the continued intimidation of journalists

Matthew Caruana Galizia – Public Inquiry Opening Statement

Read the opening statement by Matthew Caruana Galizia read out in the first day of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

May 2020 Joint Letter: Invitation for Europol Joint Investigation Team

Along with other press freedom organisations, Scottish PEN signed this joint letter to the Maltese Attorney General, requesting that he invite Europol to support the investigation. Read it by clicking the heading above.

June 2020: Inquiry opened into former police chief

Malta’s police force has been ordered to open an inquiry into the country’s former police chief Lawrence Cutajar, following allegations that he interfered with the investigation into the 2017 murder of the prominent journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Read more.