Courageous and outspoken journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered in Malta earlier this week by a remotely detonated car bomb in a shameful attack on freedom of expression.
This publication stands with her and her family.
Known for her anti-corruption stance, Daphne Caruana Galizia became a target when she outed politicians for corruption and abuse of power, including the prime minister of the country Joseph Muscat.
To its credit, Cyprus has issued a condemnation of the journalist’s murder. The Foreign Ministry said:
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the cowardly assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Malta on 16th October 2017, a barbaric act against freedom of expression.
The Government and the people of the Republic of Cyprus express their deepest condolences to the family of the murdered journalist and their support to the expressed determination of the Prime Minister of Malta to investigate speedily and thoroughly the case and ensure the bringing of the perpetrators to justice.”
Those in power should know that at the end of the day, they answer to public opinion and the public hates corruption and abuse of power. It is the media’s responsibility to shine a light on negligence, abuse of power and corruption in the state, and Daphne Caruana died doing just that. She goes down in history as a hero, and her murderers – when found – will be known as worthless scum.