The first attack came in 1995, when Daphne Caruana Galizia’s front door was doused with fuel and set ablaze. She told her three children that the fire had simply been caused by candles, left outside for too long. Privately, she believed that she was targeted for retaliation. Her collie was killed soon after, left in front of her home with a slit throat.
A reform-minded political columnist, Mrs. Caruana Galizia had written an editorial for the Sunday Times of Malta, her country’s largest newspaper, calling for the commander of Malta’s armed forces to resign because his children had been linked to drug trafficking.
Fearing for her family’s safety, she took her own children out of school and for several weeks stayed away from her home in Bidnija, a small town in the hills of one of Europe’s smallest countries.
Nothing more came of the story. But in 2006, shortly after she published
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